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Hills Council News Update

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Well, what a difference in weather a year makes!

This time last year the Hawkesbury was experiencing a significant flood. Whilst things have begun to return to some normality, we need to ask those impacted ‘R U OK?’ Mental health is very important, and it is our responsibility as a community to look after one another. I am pleased that works to River Rd have commenced.

River Rd was significantly damaged in the multiple floods over the past few years, with parts of the road collapsing into the river. There is plenty of work to do here and council staff, engineers, consultants and now roadwork teams have been working hard to get these issues fixed. Please be patient whilst these works are undertaken.

Council has recently completed the missing section of Janpieter Road along the frontage of Horseworld Equestrian Stadium linking Gables to Maraylya. An important link for those living in and travelling through this area.

Brindle Parkway Reserve in Box Hill is well underway. Works currently being undertaken include; Bulk earthworks, Importation of soil, Stormwater and waste water work, Preliminary carpark work, Amenities building construction, Waterway channelling work, Sportsfield electrical work.

The Hills is a special place, some would say the best place in Sydney to live. The Hawkesbury River, the bushland, our topography and of course our sense of community make it the place it is. Enjoying our natural wonders is important. Council has recently installed a picnic shelter at Hawkins Lookout! A great place to have a picnic at what is the best view in The Hills! I would encourage you to have a look at this. The Community Defib Project has also installed a defibrillator at this lookout.

The Rural Fire Service recently undertook the Aloha Hazard Reduction at Sackville North. As we move toward the upcoming bush fire season later this year, we must be prepared. Now is the time to start thinking about bushfire preparedness for your property. Have you got a Bushfire Survival Plan?

A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bush fire. Even if your plan is to leave early, the more you prepare your home, the more likely it will survive a bush fire or ember attack. A well prepared home can also be easier for you or firefighters to defend, and is less likely to put your neighbours’ homes at risk. A well prepared home will also give you more protection if a fire threatens suddenly and you cannot leave. For more information visit rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare

I am pleased that Council’s Community Grants Program has now opened. Not-for-profit community groups in The Hills Shire can receive a much-needed funding boost through the 2023/24 program. The program is open for applications and provides funding between $2,501 and $25,000 for community services. Council is seeking applications for projects that can be delivered for local residents by not-forprofit organisations. Council is particularly interested in projects in the following key priority areas:

• Events, concerts, theatre, and arts programs designed to engage key community members that entertain the broader community;
• Domestic violence prevention and recovery;
• Mental health and suicide prevention; and
• Disability, youth, seniors, and cultural projects that support community participation opportunities.

I look forward to seeing you around North Ward. If I can be of any assistance, please reach out. Until next time!

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