The Hills and Hornsby council chatter 

THE Hills Council keeps on giving to people with disabilities.

Last meeting, it approved North West Disability Services to have the lease over its home in Conie Avenue, Baulkham Hills, extended for five years after expiry on November 30, 2016.

There they offer social support and day programs for people with disabilities.

"We grew out of a council project," the service's chief executive, Deborah Gersbach, said.

"Thirty years ago one of their officers, Ray Millars, saw a need for a recreational facility for people with disabilities and they provided us with a room at the old council chambers.

"I came on board in 1994. We had three staff.

"Now we have 160 staff, 80 volunteers and 350 service users."

Ms Gersbach said if it wasn't for council's generosity in charging only $10 a year for them to lease the building in Conie Avenue, users would have to pay more to access their programs.

Hornsby Council: 

Artists-cum-recyclers have until April 24 to enter Hornsby Council’s Returned to Glory competition, which has works of art from recycled materials. It is open to anyone, but Hornsby residents will get a discount.

“It’s marvellous that creative people have come up with a solution for what would otherwise be waste,’’ said three-time entrant Michelle Mabbott. One of her works, made of CD cases, is on permanent display in Hornsby Library.

Details: hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

The Hills business grows

THE value added to the Australian economy by businesses in The Hills has risen by $500million to $7.6billion in the past 12 months, according to Compelling Economics.

The data underlines the growing status of Norwest Business Park as the capital of professional, technical and scientific services in Sydney’s west. The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said council would continue to work with businesses to keep the economy growing.

Council works in The Hills: A footpath is being built on Withers Road, Kellyville, along the frontage of The Hills Council’s new Grey Gum subdivision site (pictured). The estate has 83 single residential lots (minimum 700sqm) and eight medium-density development sites. Footpath work is being done from 7am to 5pm.

■Carlingford: Murray Farm Road - Oakes Road to Pennant Hills Road, road patching (February 13-14) and resheeting (February 17-18), 7am-5pm; and Carolyn Avenue - Murray Farm Road to Lynette Avenue, road patching (February 13-14) and resheeting (February 17-18), 7am-5pm;

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

Council works in Hornsby shire: 

■Fagan Park Garden of Many Nations: replacement of old infrastructure;

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

■Tahlee Park, Castle Hill: New park furniture to be installed this month and damaged footpaths replaced. All play equipment was replaced in December and a new boat rocker, swings and embankment slide installed.

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