Changing Shire


The Hills Shire, north west of Sydney, occupies an area from Baulkham Hills in the south to Wisemans Ferry in the north.

The Shire is one of the fastest growing Local Government areas in Sydney. Two thirds of the area, in the north is rural land used for farming and other agricultural industries. The south once saw extensive agricultural activities by pioneer descendants and later by migrant families.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this website contains images and voices of people who have died.


Interviewee/Item  Role/Topic   Part
Les Shore Councillor 1969-08
Mayor 1983-86 
One Two
Geoff Brooke-Cowden
Councillor 1991-99
Mayor 1994-99
One Two
Sonya Phillips
Councillor 1995-08
Mayor 2004-06, 2007-08
One Two
John Barker
Former Council Engineer
One Two
Wolf Bickel Former Council employee, Roads One Two
Steven Dunesky Former Council employee, Parks One Two
Wal Buckley
Former Council employee,
Health and Building
One Two
Jack Smith and Ron Smith
Former Council employees, Electricity
One -
Judy and Alan Cadman (OAM)
Former Federal MP
One Two
Wayne Merton Former State MP One Two
Nathan Smith
Environmental Film Maker
One Two
Patricia Schwartz
The Environment
One Two
Bruce Irwin Steam tram and train enthusiast One -
Roy Baxter Private transport operator One Two
Richard Green A Darug perspective One -
Barry Gilbert Pioneer orchardist family One Two
John Allen Fruit Carrier, POW, Local Businessman One Two
Tony Pettitt Howard Rotary Hoes One -
Alan Zammit (OAM) Norwest Business Park One Two
Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse Public Art at Castle Hill One