The Hills and Hornsby council chatter

KAY Alliband insists son Luke's 21st birthday present is on its way . . . no, really it is.

"He turned 30 last year and I'm still trying to get it finished," Ms Alliband, of Carlingford, laughed.

To get a move on, she's entered the gift — a quilt representing his life achievements — into Hornsby Council's Returned to Glory art recycling competition.

"There's everything on it from T-shirts, badges [and] I've had photos of him printed onto fabric so I can include them," Ms Alliband said.

"He said he'll possibly hang it on the wall when it's finished."

Ms Alliband a Sculptors Society member, was the runner-up in the 2005 Blake Prize, the people's choice award in the 2008 Tom Bass Sculpture Studio Award and The Transfield Art Prize in 2012.

■ Artists-cum-recyclers have until April 24 to enter. It is open to anyone, but Hornsby residents get a discount. Details:


Learn to write family history

Learn how to turn your dusty piles of notes and photocopies into a riveting family history with author Carol Baxter.

Ms Baxter will present a two-hour workshop at Hornsby Library on Wednesday, March 19, 6.30pm, showing people how to extract dialogue from  original records and release their creative writing spirit.

Cost: $7. Bookings are essential: Call 9847 6614 or email

Festival celebrates healthy living

Hornsby Council’s Healthy Living Festival opens on Sunday, March 16, with a free all-ages carnival, 10am to 4pm, at Roselea hall in Beecroft.

It will feature international food, performances, demonstrations, workshops, markets — and a bike blender (pictured, above), which gives you exercise while creating a delicious organic smoothie.

‘‘This is going to be a great day of community fun and I urge everybody to get involved,” Hornsby mayor Steve Russell said.

Other local activities of the festival, ending April 13, include:

● A propagation workshop: March 22, 10am to 12.30pm, in Fagan Park, Galston;

● Northern Districts Lapidary Club open day: March 26, 10am to noon, at Beecroft Community Centre;

● Aquarobics: Weekdays at Galston Aquatic and Leisure Centre (call to check times); and

● A Streetwise skateboarding clinic: March 30, 10am to noon in Galston Skate Park.

■ Program:

Reserve improvements

Stage 3 and 4 of a waterway improvement and amenity landscaping program in Burnside Reserve, Oatlands (photographed by Natalie Roberts on February 25, above) is expected to be completed by the end of March, a spokesman for The Hills Council said.

Work is being done Monday to Saturday, 7am to 5pm.

Council now manages tennis counts

The Hills Council now manages the six courts at Bernie Mullane Reserve, Kellyville, where tennis coach Rod Fahey will run his tennis school.

Nearly 15,000 tennis court bookings were made at council facilities last year, leading The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne to say: ‘‘It’s clear that The Sydney Hills has a big appetite for the racquet and ball game.’’

The six flood-lit tennis courts have been refurbished with new surfaces and fencing.

“Joining forces with Rod Fahey will give youngsters the opportunity to develop tennis skills and could help Rod possibly unearth the next Australian champion,” Cr Byrne said.

■ Details of council tennis courts:

Sue is Woman of Year finalist

Hornsby Council’s Aboriginal development officer Sue Pinckham was named a finalist — from 10,000 nominations — in this year’s state government Woman of the Year Award.

At Hornsby and 10 other northern Sydney councils, she raises awareness about the local Aboriginal community and works with service providers to increase access for Aboriginal people.

‘‘She is an inspiration to all those who work with her,’’ Hornsby mayor Steve Russell said.

Plenty happening in Youth Week

The Hills’ Youth Week calendar (April 4-13) includes games workshops, seminars, music open days and Youth Awards.

Pictured is The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne — the shire’s youngest ever mayor — previewing the events with 2013/2014 Hills Youth Ambassador Jessica Winning.

“The highlights of my term have been seeing various community groups come together for events like Paws in the Park and Australia Day,’’ Ms Winning said.

‘‘I’ve also been really happy with the response to events like the Dodgeball competition ... which was aimed at addressing our alcohol culture by taking young people on the Kokoda Trail during schoolies week.’’

■ Events calendar:

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