COUNCILLORS MITCHELL BLUE AND VIRGINIA ELLIS
GREAT NEWS FOR THE HILLS
A major investment has been made by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government to help repair roads damaged by unprecedented rain. $11.134 million has been allocated to The Hills Shire Council which will help deal with the backlog of road damage caused by repeated weather events over the last 12 months. It will be a welcome relief for the people of The Hills to see this long awaited work be completed, especially for those in the northern part of the shire.
The Hills Shire Council are also the beneficiaries of funding provided through the NSW Government WestInvest Community project grants program announced recently. This will deliver transformational projects that will help The Hills Shire to provide local infrastructure that will benefit the local community.
1. $5million for Autism Spectrum Australia to provide and new autism specific primary school in the Box Hill education precinct
2. $600,000 for Hills Community Aid and Information Services to deliver the Balcombe Heights Estate Centenary Sensory Garden and
3. $4.6million towards the Castle Hill Showground-pedestrian bridge project which will see the construction of a new pedestrian and cycling bridge which will allow the crossing of Showground Rd from the showground to Fred Caterson Reserve.
Additionally starting in Feb and July this year we have received funding for:
1. The upgrade of Annangrove Rd between the Water Lane and Murphy’s Bridge to provide a 4 lane sub-arterial road to facilitate the development of an extensive employment zone of around 100hectares. This will directly accelerate 4500 homes and create around 266 construction jobs
2. Box Hill- drainage and open space works which will accelerate 950 homes and create 30 construction jobs
3. Signalisation of the intersection at Mt Carmel Drive, Old Pitt Town Rd and Valetta Drive.
4. Construction of a dual-lane roundabout at the corner of the Mason Rd, Old Pitt Town Rd and Nelson Rd intersection 5. Drainage works and construction of culvert crossing which will be built under the future Centaurus Way.
These are the projects that will help increase and promote the liveability of our shire.
As a Hills Shire Councillor I am so proud to be a part of these fantastic opportunities and improvements to our area, and I look forward to making sure that these improvements continue into the future.
If there are any issues or views, you wish to share please reach out as I am committed to working for residents and advocating on their behalf.
Councillor Mitchell Blue
0400 449 324 | [email protected]
Well here we are charging on into the new year.
Following advocacy by The Hills, Hawkesbury and Hornsby Councils, the NSW State Government has provided metropolitan councils with additional funding to assist in road repairs. The Hills has been successful in receiving just over $11 million for pothole road repairs. This funding will greatly assist. I thank residents for the ongoing patience with the repairs as council work through this and for continuing to report issues to council. Works are now occurring on Sackville Ferry Rd to repair the surface near the Ferry and the Cliftonville Rd repairs are well underway. Flood repairs and recovery works are still ongoing. I have been working closely with residents to resolve some long standing issues and I look forward to having some of these closed out soon.
Council has been successful in receiving an additional $6.6 million in west invest funding for a number of projects. This is in addition to the $15 million already received for the proposed indoor recreation centre at Horseworld and flood warning systems. The competitive round has also seen funding for a new autism specific school for The Hills District at Box Hill.
The consultation period is currently underway for the proposed Mason Rd Reserve at Box Hill. Please have your say. As always, Council continue to work hard to deliver parks in Box Hill as quickly as possible. Until next time.
Councillor Virginia Ellis
0400 552 041 | [email protected]