Hornsby Council has achieved an operating surplus of $7.8 million for 2012/13. This compares with a deficit of $348,000 the previous year.
Vote of confidence
Hornsby Councillor Nathan Tilbury was elected as deputy mayor on Wednesday.
"The fact he has achieved this within the first year of his first term on council proves what a hard worker he is and the confidence the other councillors have in his ability to perform this duty," mayor Steve Russell said of the A Ward councillor who will hold his position until this time next year, when councillors vote again.
Skate park tender
The plan to redevelop Cherrybrook skate park has hit a small snag. Just one tender was received, for an amount greater than Hornsby Council budgeted for.
At its last meeting the council authorised the general manager to negotiate with the company that submitted the tender to achieve the best results within budget.
There's plenty to do in the Hornsby shire this week, including:
■ Tomorrow, Tuesday, 11am-1pm: Make your own herb mix or origami pot and try a worm hunt in the Eco garden gazebo, Fagan Park, Galston. Free.
■ Wednesday, 10.30am: Stories, songs, craft and refreshments at Galston Community Centre. Cost: $2 per child over 18 months. Bookings: 9847 6162.
■ Friday, 10.30am: Stories, songs, craft and refreshments at Epping Library. Cost: $2 per child over 18 months. Bookings: 9847 6120.
■ Saturday, 8am: Go on a free guided bushwalk exploring the hillsides and side valley of the Tunks Ridge vicinity. Incorporates sections of the Great North Walk. Find out full details when booking: 9847 6832.