The Hills and Hornsby Council chatter

It’s time for business

Next Tuesday (February 11), The Hills councillors will use the new council chambers, at 3 Columbia Court, Norwest Business Park, for the first time.

It opened for business on January 1. 

The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne (pictured right) said the new chambers were more intimate, but the public gallery had the capacity to be expanded. 

‘‘They’re far more contemporary and practical and are based on a United Nations-style design,’’ she said.

Councillors held their last meeting in the chambers at Castle Hill on December 10, 2013.

The building site, on the corner of Showground and Carrington roads, was compulsorily acquired by the NSW government to make way for the North West Rail Link’s Showground station. The building itself has become a project office during construction of Showground station.

The building was opened in 1982 by Neville Wran. 

Since then, 13 mayors and shire presidents have sat in the mayoral chair now occupied by Cr Byrne.

Road closure reminder

The western access to Brookhollow Avenue, in Norwest Business Park, closes for four months from Friday.

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So start entering and exiting Brookhollow via the eastern intersection with Norwest Boulevarde, near the Atlas building.

The closure  will allow  North West Rail Link contractors to get on with building Norwest  station.

The work involves installing No Stopping signs, centre line and edge line markings.

Public toilets for Bella Vista Farm

Bella Vista Farm Park visitors will be relieved to know the heritage park’s new permanent public toilets should be completed any time.

The 18.5-hectare park off Norwest Boulevarde is on the  State Heritage Register and includes a two-storey homestead, circa 1840s, increasingly being enjoyed by visitors.

“December in particular was a big month with Shakespeare in the Park and Christmas in The Hills both attracting thousands of visitors,” The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said.

“The installation of public toilets will make it more comfortable for visitors who want to spend the day at the park.”

The Hills Council works

Current council works taking place in The Hills local government area include:

■ Castle Hill: Marie Street  —  Excelsior Avenue to Kerrs Road, road patching and resheeting, February 15-16, 7am-5pm;

■ Glenhaven: Glenhaven Road —  Old Northern Road to Kyle Avenue, road reconstruction, Wednesday (February 5) to Friday (February 7), 7pm-5am; and

■ North Rocks: Wentworth Avenue and Charles Court, gutter and layback replacement, 7am-5pm until Wednesday (February 5).

Footpaths are also being constructed, 7am to 5pm, in: Withers Road, Kellyville (frontage of Grey Gum subdivision site); Kerrs Road, Castle Hill - Old Northern Road to Coolong Street; Evans Road, Glenhaven (full length); Palace Road, Baulkham Hills - Windsor Road to Vanessa Avenue.

Hornsby Council works

Current council works taking place in the Hornsby local government area as part of Hornsby Council’s proposed capital works 2013/14 budget include:

■ Campbell Park, West Pennant Hills: floodlight replacement;

■ Galston: footpath link, Hakea Crescent  —   east side —  21 Hansen Avenue, and replacement of the dehumidification system at Galston Aquatic Centre;

■ Glenorie: Ben Bullen Road, upgrade of 700 metres of unsealed road (from end of seal), and Freemans Lane, upgrade of 500 metres of unsealed road (from end of seal); and

■ Greenway Park, Cherrybrook: amenities upgrade and skate park extension.

Project questions: 9847 6666 or email

Author workshop

Jane Myers, the author of Managing Horses on Small Properties,  will be at a  workshop about property management.

It is presented by Hornsby Council, with Local Land Services Greater Sydney and The Hills Council.

Ms Myers will teach participants about manure, water, pasture and vegetation management. Cost: $20. Details: 9am, February 15, at Dural Memorial Hall.

Bookings: Donna Fitton, 9847 6976.

Maraylya bridge update

Pitt Town Road is closed to traffic until next month, near the boundary of Kenthurst and Maraylya, to remove the two old timber bridges near Maguires Road.

They will be replaced with higher bridges to reduce the risk of flooding.

Detour via Maguires Road, except when flooding occurs at the causeway on Maguires Road.

If that happens, detour via Annangrove Road.

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Winston Hills speed cushions

Parramatta Council is proposing to install speed cushions in Model Farms Road at Winston Hills. 

The proposed speed cushions are intended to reduce the speed of traffic. 

If you have any concerns regarding the proposal or want a copy of the plan, contact the council’s Traffic and Transport Services on 98065768 or email  

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