By Mitchell Blue

Well here we in June looking toward the second half of 2022. It’s great to see the community back to some normality after Covid. The flood recovery along the Hawkesbury continues, and whilst progress is being made, there is still a significant amount of work to do. North Ward 

Wisemans Ferry Park cleanup works are continuing. The damage to the roads along the river is apparent and design works to rectify these are underway. River Rd has been significantly damaged in areas. No doubt the impacts of this flood will be felt for some time. Local businesses along the river have done it tough, so please support them where you can.

The significant rainfall has seen a number of potholes on Shire roads open up. Thanks to our North Ward residents who have reported these and for the patience shown while these are rectified. A number of potholes that saw emergency repairs undertaken during the inclement weather will see more permanent fixes as the weather improves.

In the last month, Council has put The Hills Shire Plan on public exhibition for comment.

The plan outlines Council’s projects and organisational plans for the 2022/2023 financial year. The plan includes a significant number of projects that will improve the Shire.

Some of the Shire wide projects include;
• $170.6m for operations such as parks, roads, buildings maintenance, community events, library services, , regulatory services, governance activities and waste management

• $126.9m for capital works, including construction of new assets and renewal of existing assets Some of the North Ward Projects include:

• $8.6m for The Water Lane Reserve South East Playing Fields Box Hill

• $1.3m for Brindle Street Reserve Box Hill Design and Construction

• $1.8m for Old Pitt Town Road, Terry Road and Fontana Drive Intersection Signalisation in Box Hill

• $0.9m for Cattai Ridge Road and Halcrows Road Intersection Construction in Glenorie

• $0.6m for Janpieter Road, Gables – Missing link road construction

• $0.5m for Boundary Road rehabilitation from Windsor Road to Cattai Ridge Road

• $1.6m for Terry Road, Box Hill – Culvert Crossing Construction near Hedgewood

• $1.0m for Rural Fire Station Annangrove Bay Stations Replacement

• $0.14M for Glenhaven Road Cycleway bridge design

• $0.3M for Annangrove Park meeting hall and scout hall major refurbishment

• $0.15M for Beaumont Hills Community Centre major refurbishment

• $0.15M for Dural Memorial Hall major refurbishment

• $0.05M for Ellerman Park Childcare Centre new play equipment in Dural

• $0.02M for Glenhaven Community Centre Solar Panels

• $0.2M for Les Shore Reserve major renewal of amenities building in Glenorie

• $0.1M for Maroota new fire station design

• $0.07M for Alice Robinson Reserve playground renewal in Glenhaven

• $0.09M for Ellerman Park playground renewal in Dural

• $0.2M for Glenhaven Oval renewal of lights to LED

• $0.4M for Old Pitt Town Rd rehabilitation in Kenthurst • $0.3M for Old Pitt Town Rd rehabilitation in Gables

• $0.4M for Mitchells Road embankment stabilisation in Sackville North

• $0.02M for Wisemans Ferry Road bus shelter renewal in Maroota

• $0.5M for Annangrove Rd/Edwards Rd Roundabout

• $0.12M for Annangrove Rd stormwater management GPT and raingarden

It is very exciting to see the projects in this plan and look forward to their delivery.

At the end of May, Council opened the new Hannaford Ave Reserve in Box Hill. The design of the new park saw a large amount of community input to ensure it was tailored to their needs. There is children’s play equipment, bubblers, picnic areas amongst other things.

It’s great to see a large green turfed area for picnics, kicking a ball or laying in the grass. A number of trees will provide shade as they mature. The opening event saw a few hundred residents at the park along with the Hills mobile library, face painting, bubble blowers and a mobile coffee van! A great community atmosphere! We look forward to seeing the community use this facility and to delivering more reserves for the community.

If there is anything we can be of assistance with, please send us an email or give us a call. We are more than happy to assist where we can.


Councillor Mitchell Blue [email protected] 0400 449 324 Until next time. Councillor Blue and Councillor Ellis

North Ward