Time to have your say on Castle Hill Showground

THE Hills Council wants to hear from residents and users of the Castle Hill Showground to help shape its future.

Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said the views of current showground users and residents would help in a $140,000 study for a leisure precinct plan for the showground.

She said the showground was an "under-utilised gem".

"But that's not to say we want to kick out any of the current users," Cr Byrne said. "With the NSW Planning Minister confirming the area around the showground will become an Urban Activation Precinct, we now know that there will be a rapid railway line and thousands of additional residents on the doorstep of this wonderful community asset.

"There has been a lot of misinformation going around that the showground itself was going to be sold-off to developers so that 20-storey apartments could be built, but there should be no confusion now."

On July 30, more than 130 people including showground licencees, facility users and concerned residents attended a mediation meeting with the council to discuss the showground's future.

At the meeting community groups including Castle Hill Players, Norwest Canine Association and the Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society were offered a one-year extension on their licences to occupy portions of the showground.

They must accept the licence proposal by August 15, if not the groups will have to revert to a casual hire program for the community facilities.

Cr Byrne said the council and the state government are committed to maintaining the showground as a recreational space for the community. She reaffirmed all user groups could continue to use the showground with no increase in fees. See the survey: thehills.nsw.gov.au.

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