The Hills and Hornsby council chatter

McAlister Kemp and The McClymonts (pictured) are confirmed to perform at the 2014 Sydney Country Music Festival At Bella Vista Farm Park.

McAlister Kemp and The McClymonts (pictured) are confirmed to perform at the 2014 Sydney Country Music Festival At Bella Vista Farm Park.

McClymonts top line-up

The Hills Council has announced that ARIA Award-winning pop country trio The McClymonts will be the headline act at the 2014 Sydney Country Music Festival at Bella Vista Farm Park on Saturday, November 8.

The McClymonts are sisters Brooke, Mollie and Samantha.

Samantha recently won the award for APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) Country Song of the Year award.

The McClymonts will share the stage with Golden Guitar-winning duo McAlister Kemp.

Mayor Michelle Byrne said Bella Vista Farm Park was a fitting location to host such an event, as it was previously the heart of rural Sydney.

"Bella Vista Farm Park hasn't changed much over the last 150 years," she said.

"It's a rural and historical oasis in the heart of Norwest Business Park and one of the state's true heritage gems.

"This is the kind of event that allows us to showcase it to our residents and visitors."

Cr Byrne said last year's successful event had left country music fans hungry for more. She expected an even bigger turnout this year. "We are glad this event has found its home in The Hills," she said.

■ Festival updates: http://www.sydneycountrymusicfestival.com.au

Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis interviewing Hornsby Council park foreman Scott Forbes at Fagan Park on Tuesday, May 27.

Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis interviewing Hornsby Council park foreman Scott Forbes at Fagan Park on Tuesday, May 27.

On the TV

Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis was in Fagan Park on Tuesday, talking about the Galston park’s beauty and interviewing Hornsby Council staff, including park foreman Scott Forbes (pictured above).

The  landscape architect and television personality said he fell in love with the park on Arcadia Road when he visited it last year to hold a workshop on sustainable gardening in council’s Eco Garden.

‘‘From that day on I wanted the opportunity to take Fagan Park to a bigger audience ,’’ he said.

The episode airs on July 12 at 6.30pm on the ABC.

Kids' Reconciliation Week concert

Hornsby Council is hosting a free Children’s Voices for Reconciliation concert in Hornsby Mall tomorrow, Friday (May 30), 10.30am-12.30pm, as part of National Reconciliation Week.

There’ll be a traditional Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony and a Welcome to Country.

National Reconciliation Week started on Tuesday, the date of the 1967 referendum that recognised Indigenous people as full citizens, and ends June 3, the anniversary of the landmark Mabo legal case in 1992.

Hornsby Council's IT manager Craig Munns with the hardware that encases the new system.

Hornsby Council's IT manager Craig Munns with the hardware that encases the new system.

Computer system excites IT world

Information technology publications in the US, Europe and here were talking about Hornsby Council’s new Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform, which has made all their operating systems and associated desktop applications accessible from anywhere in the council’s network — including from mobile phones at home, or in the field.

The council’s IT manager Craig Munns (pictured above) said the system would save the council more than $100,000 each year in IT costs alone, and prolong the life of the council’s 500 desktop and 100 laptop computers.

Maroota South hall appointment

Laurelle Smith of South Maroota Rural Fire Service has been approved by The Hills Council to be on its Maroota South Hall Committee, bringing the number of people on the volunteer committee to five.

Girl Guides suppers

In other volunteering news, The Hills Cr Robyn Preston was told in a council meeting that the Girl Guides Association would continue to provide supper at the council’s citizenship ceremonies even after the council’s cafe opened.

The council   provides funds to the Guides for this service.

New citizens welcomed

The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne has congratulated the 122 Hills shire residents who became Australians at a citizenship ceremony held in The Hills Council last week. She said she was pleased to see the community growing in numbers and diversity.

While the majority of new citizens came from India, South Africa and Britain, Cr Byrne noted: “We have new citizens from right across the globe, including the US, Colombia, Slovakia, Pakistan, Syria, China and Sudan.’’

Seniors centre plan amended

The Hills Council has given permission for Baptist Care (NSW and ACT) to remove a planned 12-room young persons with disability respite building from its seniors housing development at 34-36 Memorial Avenue, Kellyville.

The new plan also modifies the footprint, height and car parking to the Residential Aged Care Facility building, reducing the height of the buildings near Memorial Avenue by a level.

The plan’s been forwarded to the Department of Planning to consider.

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