The Hills and Hornsby council chatter: Mayoral Winter Sleepout

Hills businesses and community groups are jumping on board the Mayor’s Winter Sleepout. Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott, Mayor Michelle Byrne, Andrew Koorey and The Hills Local Area Commander Rob Critchlow.

Hills businesses and community groups are jumping on board the Mayor’s Winter Sleepout. Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott, Mayor Michelle Byrne, Andrew Koorey and The Hills Local Area Commander Rob Critchlow.

Paws in the Park + Pawsitive Steps for Mental Health walk and its back at the Showground

Paws in the Park + Pawsitive Steps for Mental Health walk and its back at the Showground

Eight-year-old Luca Evans training under the watchful eye of former Socceroo captain Paul Wade, who helps the Hills Hawks.

Eight-year-old Luca Evans training under the watchful eye of former Socceroo captain Paul Wade, who helps the Hills Hawks.

Mayoral Winter Sleepout

Hills businesses and community groups are jumping on board the Mayor’s Winter Sleepout. 

The team from Hills Self Storage have agreed to supply cardboard boxes to provide a little comfort for participants on the cold night out at Bella Vista Farm Park. 

Cr Byrne said she was pleased to see so many people supporting the initiative. 

‘‘This wonderful initiative from the Community Foundation of North Western Sydney has really struck a chord with the Sydney Hills business community,” Mayor Byrne said. 

‘‘All the money raised will go to supporting crisis accommodation in The Hills and participants have a choice between donating $100 or splashing out $200 which will secure them a bit more comfort in the form of a roof.’’

‘‘The response has been fantastic and I was particularly touched to hear from a young person who described their own experiences of living on the streets. This young person found permanent accommodation and it makes me more determined to make this event as big as possible.’’

Cr Byrne will be joined by Baulkham Hills State MP David Elliott - who is also the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness-  and The Hills Local Area Commander Rob Critchlow on the night.

‘‘It’s a tragedy that in modern Australia we still have up to 100,000 people sleeping rough. As a civilised society our first obligation is to provide every citizen with a home to go to at night,” Mr Elliott said.

Superintendent Critchlow said he was happy to represent the NSW Police force on the night.

‘‘NSW Police are obviously concerned about the safety of citizens and people sleeping rough so we will support any initiative that can contribute towards housing people in need of shelter,’’ Superintendent Critchlow said.

Andrew Koorey of Hills Self Storage said that although his boxes weren’t designed for sleeping, he hoped they would help on the night.

‘‘It’s a fantastic cause and they’re great quality boxes so hopefully they will provide some comfort. I can’t guarantee they will keep anyone warm though,’’ Mr Koorey said.

Details: Bella Vista Farm Park. Tickets: (tax deductible) $100 (without shelter), $200 (with shelter). Register: register.eventarc.com/24572/hills-mayoral-sleepout.

Carpark improvements

The Hills District Netball Association’s home ground, Pennant Hills Park, had its carpark re-graded and sealed. Hornsby Council had the carpark replaced for $320,000 to improve access, efficiency, organisation and safety. Features of the new layout include a one-way system for ease of drop-off and pick-up and the carpark surface now provides  all-weather parking with new line marking for 200 cars. All potholes were removed, and a concrete entry threshold has been added.

Walk the dog for mental health

Get yourself and your pet ready for Paws in the Park + Pawsitive Steps for Mental Health Walk at Castle Hill Showground on August 31, 10am-2.30pm. The theme is Superdogs and Superheroes, so dress-up with the chance to win prizes for best-dressed. Also enjoy dog-e-dash, best dog trick, information stalls and amazing dog demonstrations. Participate in the walk for mental health with your dog, 9am-10am. Gold coin donation to enter. Pictured is dog trainer Peta Clarke, who has trained all kinds of animals for film, stage and TV. Details: thehills.nsw.gov.au, 98430555.

Hayes Oval lit up

Hornsby Council and Bendigo Bank, Galston have joined forces to upgrade the lighting at Hayes Oval, Galston. The upgrade was on the council’s list of planned future works, but a $40,000 donation from Bendigo Bank allowed the first stage of the job to be brought forward. The addition of two extra light poles allows the entire park to be utilised after dark. ‘‘It’s fantastic,’’ Hills Hawks Football Club president Adam Smith said. Pictured is Luca Evans, 8, training under the watchful eye of former Socceroo captain Paul Wade, who helps the Hills Hawks.

Sustainability workshops

Get involved in The Hills Council’s Living Sustainability workshops at the Community Environment Centre, Annangrove. Living with less chemicals is on Saturday, 9.30am-11.30am. Discover alternatives to chemicals.  Living with natural cosmetics and creams is on Saturday, August 9, 9.30am-11.30am. Learn how to make natural products.  Free. Bookings essential: thehillsshireenvironment.eventbrite.com.au.

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