Upgrades to Bella Vista Farm to be completed in time for Christmas Fun

Published on 05 July 2022

Bella Vista Farm Playground

Bella Vista Farm upgrades are well underway with new improvements set to provide families with ample space for fun and activities.

Complementing the existing barbecue facilities, historic homestead and open space area, the new upgrades include the completion of cycleways and pathways looping around The Farm, as well as a brand-new children’s playground that will provide endless hours of fun for our youngest residents.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said the improvements will encourage people from near and far to discover more at historic Bella Vista Farm.

“I believe Bella Vista Farm has it all and these improvements will make this space a must-see destination in The Hills Shire and beyond,” Mayor Gangemi said. 

“Some locals still aren’t aware of all the Farm has to offer, which is already enjoyed as a historic attraction and for events, like our Orange Blossom Festival and the upcoming Full Tilt Festival. However, the addition of cycleways and pathways, as well as a children’s playgrounds completes this space and makes it that much more enjoyable.

“The pathways, which are expected to be completed within the next few months, will be extensively used by cyclists, dog walkers and for outdoor exercise, while work on the new playground is expected to commence in August and will be finished just before Christmas.

“This is perfect gift we can give residents and at a time when they are exploring more in their own backyards with the company of family and friends,” Mayor Gangemi added.

The new play space was made possible through the State Government’s $250 million NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program, the biggest injection of funding for public spaces in a generation allowing the Government to work in partnership with councils to deliver more and better public spaces as populations and housing requirements grow. It will include a large tower with spiral slide, as well as a shade structure, junior curved slide, accessible birds nest swing, infant and strap swings, rope climbs, whirly-go-round and a combination of rubber soft fall and mulch.

“The playground and pathways are part of our long-term vision to help grow Bella Vista Farm into a destination that will be enjoyed by generations to come,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing families and friends enjoying the new elements at The Farm very soon,” he added. 

Bella Vista Farm was instrumental in the development of the Australian pastoral and agricultural industries in the nineteenth century. It was one of the first merino sheep farms and had the largest citrus orchard in the Colony.

For more information, visit Council’s website www.thehills.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘Council Works & Projects’.