The Hills and Hornsby council chatter

A new street sweeper will be rolling through the streets of Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Kellyville, Crestwood, Box Hill, Oatlands and North Rocks.

Currently public pathways, cycleway, footpaths and shopping areas are cleaned by hand with a broom.

“The introduction of the sweeper will allow for a faster, cleaner, better and less laborious way to undertake this work,” The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said. 

For April Falls month, The Hills Council is hosting a free seminar with council’s occupational therapist, covering safe footwear, eye checks, medications, healthy eating, hazards in the home, exercises to keep strong, and how to deal with falls.

More than one in three people 65 or over fall at least once a year, which increases to half in aged-care facilities.

■ Wednesday, April 23, 10am, 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills. Call 9761 7600.

Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter is near capacity and needs Hills residents to adopt a dog or cat.

“We have approximately 35,000 dogs in The Sydney Hills and all stray pets that our compliance officers pick up are taken to the Hawkesbury Animal Shelter,’’ The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said.

“Unfortunately, if nobody adopts a pet they have to be put down.’’

Breeds include Staffordshire bull terriers, border collies, cattle dogs and domestic cats.

All dogs are desexed, micro-chipped, vaccinated and lifetime registered and available for $334.

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■ Adoption information:

The Hills councillor Mike Thomas requested last Tuesday that council’s traffic committee look at relocating a bus stop on Old Northern Road, Baulkham Hills, near which a 73-year-old Baulkham Hills pedestrian was hit by a motorcycle and a car on March 31.

She died in hospital on April 2.

Witnesses told police the woman was crossing the road after getting off a bus when she was struck by a motorbike and she fell into the path of traffic.

Cr Yvonne Keane said council could install an overhead crossing.

Hornsby Council has flagged $18 million of capital works projects in its draft plan for the 2014/15 financial year, including completing a learn-to-swim pool at Galston Aquatic Centre.

The public has until May 9 to have their say on the draft operational plan approved by councillors on Wednesday.

■ View the plan and have your say by clicking here.

Primary school kids are invited to come along to Hornsby Council’s Eco Garden on April 16 and  23 for a free hour of outdoor activities, including a story and garden-themed treasure hunt. 

Free, but bookings are essential as spaces are limited.

■ April 16 and 23, 11am and 1pm, Fagan Park, 38-48 Arcadia Road, Galston. Details: 9847 4856.

As the summer storms burst over our neighbourhoods, Hornsby Council staff braced to respond to emergency calls to fix blocked drains — but none came.

‘‘Five years ago there would have been no less than 10 for each storm,’’ mayor Steve Russell said.

He reminded residents to report pot holes or blocked drains to council’s customer service centre on 9847 6666 so staff can stay on top of problems. 

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