Hills and Hornsby council chatter

Bird watching at Fagan Park

Spot some of the more elusive birds that use the dams and fields in Carrs Bush at Fagan Park, Galston — a large patch of endangered Turpentine Ironbark Forest — on Wednesday, April 23, 8am.

Or swing by the Eco Garden Gazebo, also in Fagan Park, from 10am.

Enjoy a story, a song and get busy with some craft. Aimed at older preschool and primary school-aged kids.

■ Both are free, but bookings are recommended: http://hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Emergency bank stabilisation

The Hills Council will transfer $370,000 from its capital works reserve for emergency bank stabilisation on River Road, Wisemans Ferry.

A 10-metre section of the Hawkesbury River bank near Webbs Creek Ferry collapsed in late March 2012 due to heavy rains eroding  River Road.

Recycled art competition closes Thursday

Artists-cum-recyclers have until April 24 to enter Hornsby Council’s Returned to Glory recycled art competition. It’s open to anyone, but Hornsby residents get a discount.

Carolyn Cooper picked up $1000 on her first attempt with an artwork created from plastic from delivered newspapers.

“I like to make something from nothing, making something beautiful from rubbish,’’ she said.

MORE: Click here to read about Lyndsey Hatchwell's entry. She is from Carlingford.

■ Details: http://hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Galston Library temporarily closes

Galston Library will close temporarily from May 12 to 25 while its roof gets restored.

It will reopen on Monday, May 26, at 1pm.

A Hornsby Council spokesman said the roof work was needed ‘‘to improve its safety and appearance’’.

Patrons can return items due at Galston Library to any other of the Hornsby Shire Libraries’ branches, which will operate as usual.

■Details: hornsby.nsw.gov.au/library.

Business awards open

The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said it’s time for businesses that have donated time, money or resources to community initiatives to get some recognition.

She said this may take the form of a donation of goods (like books for a library), a contribution of skills (like rebuilding a corner of a playground), or maybe a business has given time (by providing mentoring for students, for example).

Winners to be announced at a civic reception in August.

■ Nominations: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au.

Hills youth ambassadors named

Kellyville High School captain Matthew Campbell and National Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador Cassidy-Rae Wilson were named the 2014-15 Hills Youth Ambassadors on April 11.

The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne presented the  awards at a ceremony in Castle Hill  during National Youth Week (April 4-13).

The awards recognise their passion for volunteer work, community life and representing The Hills.

“Both of these youth ambassadors should be commended for the efforts in our community,” Cr Byrne said.

“I also want to congratulate all those who were nominated ... you are exactly the kind of role models we want in the Sydney Hills.’’

Matthew, 17, is an advocate for Youthbeyondblue and a former NSW Youth Parliamentarian.

Cassidy-Rae, 18, is a member of the Australian Girls’ Choir and working towards her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

■ Click here to view the full story and a list of the category winners.

ClubGrants Donation Scheme open

Hornsby mayor Steve Russell urges groups in community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance to apply for grants through the ClubGrants Donation Scheme.

He said funding comes from five clubs in his shire: Hornsby RSL, Asquith Leagues Club, West Pennant Hills Sports Club, Asquith Bowling Club and The Galston Club.

■ Applications close May 30. Details: http://bit.ly/1g5KesR

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