The Hills and Hornsby council chatter

The final layout design for Hornsby Council's upgrade of Cherrybrook Skate Park has been revealed, with the project expected to be completed by the end of July, weather permitting. Artist's impression courtesy of Hornsby Council

The final layout design for Hornsby Council's upgrade of Cherrybrook Skate Park has been revealed, with the project expected to be completed by the end of July, weather permitting. Artist's impression courtesy of Hornsby Council

Last year Hornsby Council revealed its new Cherrybrook Skate Park would be based on one of the most famous bowls the Dog Town and Z-Boys used to ride — the Gonzales Pool — with tiles and proper pool coping.

Dog Town and Z-Boys is a 2001 documentary about the pioneering 1970’s Zephyr skating team, hard-core surfers who sought to translate the hot-dogging stunts of world-class wave riders onto their skateboards.

Now they have released the final layout for the bike and skateboard facility in Greenway Park,  and ‘‘excellent’’ is how local skater Nathan Taylor described it.

One of more than 40 skaters to attend the council’s last consultation meeting in April, Mr Taylor said: ‘‘This design is perfect for the local scene.’’

The public can decide for themselves at the end of July when the upgrade by international company, Convic is expected to be complete.

“These guys [Conic] are the rock stars of skate park construction and we were very lucky to get them,” Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell said.

The design integrates features of the existing park, while adding a deep bowl, taco extension with granite coping, mogul roll-over, vanishing quarter-pipe with refurbished handrail, corner pocket, flatbank hip, down/up rail, banked level change, manual pad and kicker to kicker over mogul.

‘‘I’m happy to admit I don’t know what any of that means, but that’s why we’ve hired experts and have been very careful to include the park users in the planning process,” Cr Russell said.

There will also be seating, a drinking fountain and turfed lawn.

Learn how to make compost

Get your hands dirty at Hornsby Council’s free composting workshop. ‘‘Composting is a fun and simple way to recycle garden and kitchen waste, while it also improves garden soil quality, increases bin space and saves money,’’ the council’s spokesman said.

Attendees create a compost bin and worm farm.

■ Saturday, May 24, 10am-12.30pm, Fagan Park Eco Garden, Arcadia Road, Galston. Free, bookings essential. Call 98474856 or online at http://bit.ly/1g2vPDB

Exhibition on fires

The impact of Hornsby shire’s bushfires will be explored in a free photographic exhibition called Spark. Cinder. Seed. until June 1, 10am-4pm,  in Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby.

The exhibition is a partnership between council and artists Eliza Kinchington, Aaron Simpson, Natasha Killeen and Alexandra Charles, who each have four works in the exhibition.

There will also be portraits of rural firefighters from Berowra and Hornsby, who have seen the devastation fires can bring.

■ RSVP for opening night (this Friday, May 23, from 6pm) at http://bit.ly/1ocnO1b

Fight over five-storey refusal

The Hills Council will fight an appeal against a decision to refuse a five-storey Carlingford boarding house in the Land and Environment Court.

Mayor Michelle Byrne said the proposed Pennant Hills Road development was unaligned with the current and future character of the area.

‘‘The developer proposed a five-storey building next door to single-level houses with no setback from the property boundary; it’s totally unacceptable,’’ Cr Byrne said.

She was concerned the council’s development control plan (DCP) was being circumvented by the state environmental planning policies (SEPP).

“The applicant was seeking to get this development across the line under the provisions of the Affordable Housing SEPP,” she said.

“The SEPP does not take Carlingford considerations into account – the DCP does.”

DA for exhibition home

The Hills Council has received a development application from Think Planners Pty Ltd for construction of an exhibition home to be used temporarily for five years in Solent Circuit, Baulkham Hills.

The proposal covers removing the home after five years and restoring the land to parkland.

Approval is also required from the Officer of Water. The public exhibition period ends on June 4.

■ Inquiries: Council’s duty town planner, 9843 0469.

Arnold Avenue Reserve, where a sports complex is to be built within the Balmoral Road Release Area. The Hills Council has approved a design.

Arnold Avenue Reserve, where a sports complex is to be built within the Balmoral Road Release Area. The Hills Council has approved a design.

Draft master plan approved

The Hills Council has adopted a draft illustrative landscape master plan for a new sports complex and satellite council depot at Arnold Avenue Reserve, Kellyville, in the Balmoral Road release area — an urban area bounded by Old Windsor Road, Windsor Road and Norwest Business Park.

The council received 15 submissions including one objecting to location, four objections to a satellite depot for council’s maintenance/operational activities in the reserve’s south-western corner and one objecting to cycleway access to Jackson Place, nine requests for clarification and three comments.

In its submission,The Department of Family and Community Services - Ageing, Disability and Home Care at 35-37 Arnold Avenue proposed developing the adjoining site, but  hasn’t lodged an application.

The Hills Youth Ambassadors Cassidy-Rae Wilson and Matthew Campbell (pictured with The Hills mayor, Michelle Byrne) are encouraging people to enter the first heat of their new Open Mic Competition at Castle Towers on May 29.

The Hills Youth Ambassadors Cassidy-Rae Wilson and Matthew Campbell (pictured with The Hills mayor, Michelle Byrne) are encouraging people to enter the first heat of their new Open Mic Competition at Castle Towers on May 29.

Open mic competition

The Hills Youth Ambassadors Matthew Campbell and Cassidy-Rae Wilson are encouraging people aged 6-18 to enter the first heat of their new Open Mic Competition at Castle Towers on May 29.

It’s open to singers, poets, magicians, comedians or any young residents who want to get on stage and perform. A junior (6-12) and senior (13-18) from each heat will progress to the final on July 17.

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