The Hills and Hornsby council chatter

The replacement of two old timber bridges on Pitt Town Road is finally complete.

Following six months of construction The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne thanked residents living on Pitt Town, Maguires and McClymonts roads and throughout Maraylya for their patience.

"The old timber bridges lasted for more than 100 years and these new concrete bridges will certainly last a lot longer than that," Cr Byrne said.

"There was rain and other delays with the transportation of the girders, but we managed to get it done within the six-month time period."

The new higher, wider bridges will be less prone to flooding. High strength concrete and steel tendons have replaced the timber, making the bridges far more structurally secure.

About 6000 native plants are being planted at both bridge sites and the creek has been lined with rocks to stop erosion, protect the bridges and provide a habitat for native aquatic species.

‘‘The old bridge at Mud Island will be replaced in 2014-15,’’ Cr Byrne said with reference to the last remaining timber bridge in The Hills Council area.

Road changes

River Road, Wisemans Ferry, will temporarily close for six weeks from Monday, to allow Pan Civil to reconstruct the embankment and do road pavement works.

No traffic will be able to pass between 2580 River Road and 2720 River Road (Carinyah Ski Park) Monday to Saturday, 7am-5pm, while work takes place.

■ Inquiries: Martin Lacher, The Hills Council’s projects engineer, on 9843 0349.

Sydney Writers' Festival event

Queensland-raised author Janette Turner Hospital will discuss her new book The Claimant at Hornsby Library on May 22, 7pm, as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Hospital has written eight novels and four short-story collections.

The Claimant explores the shifting and elusive nature of identity.

■ Free, but book: 9847 6614.

Recycle bin talk

Hornsby Council’s audit of recycling bins shows many residents are placing their recycling in plastic bags and then putting those bags in the bin.

“Unfortunately items in a plastic bag cannot be recycled because at the factory the bags and everything in them are sent to landfill,” the council’s waste education officer Narelle Bowly said.

The council is investigating offering residents a free carry bag or crate to move their recycling to the large bin.

Please complete a survey — at http://surveymonkey.com/s/XS8CCMX — to go in the running to receive one.

Help for the elderly

The Hills Council has approved 57 contractors to deliver its Hills Community Care program to 1874 customers.

HCC, which includes domestic asistance, lawn mowing, gardening and home maintenance, was previously serviced by 51 contractors.

The increase takes into account planned growth in the number of people aged 65-plus living in the federally-funded areas of The Hills and Cumberland Prospect districts (The Hills, Parramatta, Blacktown, Holroyd and Auburn council areas).

Contracts are from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

Council has allocated $2.13 million towards this in its draft budget.

Plan to build 40 new houses

Gelder Architect Group has submitted a development application to The Hills Council to build 40 multi-dwelling houses (7 x 2-bedroom and 33 x 3-bedroom units) with ground level and basement parking at 93 Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills.

The application includes demolition of existing structures.

The public exhibition period ends on May 21.

■ Inquiries: 9843 0469.

Nominate favourite business

Entries for the first Sydney Hills Business Awards for Community Contribution close on June 30.

Entrants need to explain in about 200 words what the nominated business has done for the community and why this deserves an award.

The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said it was time businesses who’d donated time, money or resources to community initiatives were recognised.

Winners will announced in August.

■ Click here to nominate a business.

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