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Hills Shire Council North Ward Councillor Mitchell Blue

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Happy New Year. I trust that you all had a great Christmas. The weather somewhat resembles a true Aussie summer.

Late December marked twelve months since being elected as a North Ward Councillor. I believe that engagement with and advocacy for the community is extremely important and I hope that I have been able to assist with that over the past year. I look forward to a great year ahead and to meeting with you in whatever paths we cross.

In early December, Council completed stage one of the Halcrows Rd rehabilitation project. The final two stages will commence early this year. $750,000 of works were required to repair the road following higher than usual truck activity caused by the closure of Wisemans Ferry Rd at Little Cattai Creek when it was washed away in the July 2022 flood.

Residents came together to farewell the Box Hill and Nelson Community Centre in early December. A new community centre will be built on Nelson Rd in the new Anthony Skarratt Reserve in the near future. Thank you to those residents that celebrated the old halls history in the Box Hill Nelson community. Also in Box Hill, construction has commenced at Brindle Parkway sports complex. The complex is scheduled to open in 2024.

Last month also saw the completion of $2 million or safety upgrades on Cattai Ridge Rd at Glenorie. These funds came from the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program. Thanks to Julian Leeser for his support with this funding.

The new Wisemans Ferry Boat ramp is open! This project was managed by Hornsby Shire Council and co funded by The Hills Shire Council and the NSW Government. I called into have a look myself and it was great to see so many boats using the facility and enjoying the great weather. I would encourage any resident with a boat to check it out.

It is no secret that the Shire’s road network has suffered significantly over the past twelve months given the unprecedented amount of rain. The number of pothole repair requests has dramatically increased, and Council has tried to stay on top of these. Council has twice increased its road maintenance budget to help with this. A smart car is currently inspecting the condition of the entire 1023km road network in The Hills. This car is fitted with GPS, cameras and a profilemeter. This will assist in optimising Councils upcoming road rehabilitation program. The NSW Government has recently announced road maintenance funding for The Hills. Each council in NSW will receive funding for repair proportional to the length of the respective road network. I thank residents for contacting me to discuss road repairs and for the patience shown.


Councillor Mitchell Blue
0400 449 324 | [email protected]

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