Rural Roundup: It is very disappointing that the State Government has elected to defer the upgrade works to New Line Rd identified in the previous budget.
This decision puts in doubt any timeline that may have provided any form of commuter relief. Residents and businesses in the rural area that have little choice but to rely on this dysfunctional piece of State infrastructure, will continue to experience anxiety, frustration, and loss of productivity for many years to come.
We do, however, have capacity to make the most of the resources we do control. In August, the Arcadia Galston Residents Association, (AGRA,) hosted an information session on projects that seek community input.
– The first is a proposal to replan and make better use of the Council operational land in Johnston Rd Galston. An opportunity exists to improve the onsite RFS facilities, improve the presentation and safety of Johnston Rd, protect and enhance on site vegetation, provide for potential recreation and to accommodate the future service needs of the Council and the community. I encourage residents to go to the Council website and click on “Have Your Say”, Johnston Rd. Or use the following link: https://yoursay.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/planning-proposal-1-3- johnson-road-galston
– In addition, residents were introduced to the Galston Village Public Domain project that seeks to enhance the presentation and functionality of Galston Village. The plan is not on exhibition just yet, but Council will be seeking community input into issues such as, safety, parking, way signage, curb and guttering, bus stops, street furniture and landscaping.
On that note, I have also been advised that the recent change in management of the Aldi complex has resulted in toilets becoming available during the day at the eastern end of Galston village.
– Three dates will be available in October for free native plant giveaways from our Pennant Hills nursery. Refer website for more details.
– Be prepared! It’s going to be hot one! Contact Council or your local RFS fire shed for tips on being prepared this Summer.