The Hills and Hornsby council chatter

THE Battle of Vinegar Hill will be re-enacted at Castle Hill Heritage Park this Saturday night.

The event, run by The Hills Council, commemorates the 1804 Castle Hill Rebellion, sparked by Irish convicts escaping their British rulers.

There were 15 people killed, said The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne.

She said the battle shows The Hills was settled not long after the arrival of Europeans in 1788.

Activities include a performance by The Hills Musical Academy, stone-barracks tours, a barbecue, open-air cinema screening of Rise of the Guardians and an animal farm.

Cr Byrne and Bob Allen will speak and the MC is Greg Dunn.

"Come down for an afternoon of family fun. You may learn something along the way," Cr Byrne said.

■ It's on Saturday, March 1, at 5pm at Castle Hill Heritage Park, Heritage Park Drive, Castle Hill,


Do the big clean

Hundreds of volunteers will descend on The Hills and Hornsby shire on Sunday — to clean up Australia.

Last year more than 550,300 volunteers removed about 16,150 tonnes of rubbish from 7341 sites nationally.

In The Hills, 16 schools, six youth groups and one business group — Amway Castle Hill — have volunteered to clean up 15 public sites.

The designated clean up sites are:

■ McDonalds, Castle Hill;

■ The public bushland and soccer field at Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill;

■ McDonalds Norwest, Bella Vista;

■ McDonalds, Norwest Marketown, Baulkham Hills;

■ The roadway on the corner of Samantha Riley Drive and Windsor Road, Kellyville;

■ Castle Hill Lions Park, Castle Hill;

■ The roadway of Felton Road, Carlingford;

■ Glenorie Village shops/malls;

■ Cattai Creek river/creek in Fred Caterson;

■ Castle Hill Heritage Park;

■ The roadway at McDonalds Rouse Hill and Rouse Hill Town Centre;

■ Greenup Park, Castle Hill;

■ Kellyville Lions Park; and

■ Balcombe Heights Estate.

The participating schools are:

■ Maroota Public School;

■ Jasper Road Public School;

■ St Gabriels School;

■ Bella Vista Farm;

■ Baulkham Hills North;

■ Kellyville Public School;

■ Cumberland High School;

■ Castle Hill Public; and

■ Baulkham Hills High.

■ James Ruse Agricultural High School

■ Samuel Gilbert Public School;

■ Beaumont Hills Public School;

■ Carlingford West Public School; and

■ Crestwood Public School.

Councils help on the day by providing equipment and arranging garbage collection.

Bags and gloves are provided to schools registered to take part in Schools Clean Up Australia Day this Friday (Feburary 28), and  businesses taking part in Business Clean Up Australia Day on February 25 get clean up kits.

■ Details:

Healthy living and eating

In the Vegie Patch is in a series of seasonal workshops on healthy living and growing food, part of The Hills Council’s Living Sustainably Workshops Autumn Series 2014.

It is on Thursday (February 27), 10am to 11am at the Community Environment Centre, Annangrove Park, Currie Avenue (off Annangrove Road).

■ Details, bookings (essential): 9843 0555.

Grants deadline

Community groups have to Friday (February 28) 5pm to apply for funds from The Hills Council for works from July to next June: General (cultural, sports, recreation), $530 to $5280; volunteer development (help recruit, train, support volunteers), $530 to $5280; community facility support (improve council facilities), $530 to $5280; and community events (create, grow events), $15,000.

“We’ve got some wonderful organisations, events and charities in the Sydney Hills — we want to support them just as they support the community,” Mayor Michelle Byrne said.

■ Apply online only:

Youth Awards

Nominations for The Hills Council’s Sydney Hills youth awards (ages 12 to 24) and youth ambassadors (16 to 24 years) close March 6, 4pm.

Award nominees have achieved in: arts and culture; environment, science and innovation; education and training; sports and training; and volunteering.

There’s an achiever category for youth with a disability or illness.

The ambassador represents youth at council functions, events and forums for a year.

■ Details, applications:

Rezoning request

The Hills Council has forwarded plans to the NSW government to rezone 380 hectares outside the North West Growth Centre, for about 4000 homes, 5.5hectare town centre, open space, environmental land, school and infrastructure.

It asks the government to rezone Box Hill North site from RU6 transition to a zonings mix.

Councillors last year unanimously voted to support this proposal.

■ See it (to March14):

Bridge almost complete

The replacement of two old timber bridges on Pitt Town Road is on track with the road to be re-opened by the end of March.

A spokesman for The Hills Council said concrete girders had been installed at Cataract Creek Bridge (see the picture, above) and will be installed at Cattai Creek Bridge soon.

Only light vehicles can use a detour along Maguires Road and McClymonts Road, but this detour is not suitable for heavy vehicles.

Truck drivers should consider alternate routes.

The council has thanked residents for their patience during the construction period.

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