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Plans to create three full-sized sports fields at George Thornton Reserve in West Pennant Hills are now on public exhibition and residents have until Thursday, March 17th to comment on them.

Hills Shire Council’s draft landscape master plan proposes to expand the playing opportunities at George Thornton Reserve by realigning the existing Reserve.

Suggested improvements to the site, depending on funding becoming available, include an expansion of the amenities building to provide additional change rooms, as well as an extension to the existing car park to make more spaces.

One of the proposals is to use a synthetic playing surface on one of the three fields but is dependent on public response, as well as funding.

Hills Shire Mayor Peter Gangemi encouraged residents to “have their say”.

“Our community highly values our sporting facilities and that’s why we want to hear from them about these new plans,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“It’s always important that Council plans strategically to ensure our community has the necessary infrastructure in place, such as additional sporting fields, to support both our existing and future Hills residents. Thankfully our Council benefits from strong financial management which allows us to provide these great outcomes for our community,” Mayor Gangemi added. Residents can have their say by making an online submission via Council’s website, www.thehills.nsw.gov.au, by 4pm on March 17th 2022. Simply click on the “What’s Happening” tab and then click on “Current Plans on Exhibition”.

Once the public consultation is complete, all feedback will be considered and a final version of the plan will be presented to Council for adoption. Following this, Council anticipates a staged implementation of the adopted plan.