Hills news in brief

Missing link plan

International toll road developer Transurban and the NSW government have begun informal discussions on a submitted proposal to build the F3-M2 Link.

The "missing link", as it is better known, is seen as a vital connection between the city's orbital motorway network and the state's north.

It would provide an alternate route for commuters, and up to 10,000 trucks, who use Pennant Hills Road daily.

The proposal will be considered for the NSW long-term master transport plan and state infrastructure strategy to be released later this year.

All three levels of government welcomed the announcement this week, with Hornsby MP Matt Kean calling it the "single most important road connection for residents in north-western Sydney".

"We know the number one issue for the community is congestion," Mr Kean said.

"It will only be solved though an investment in new road and rail projects to support growth."

Berowra MP Philip Ruddock agreed saying traffic congestion from interstate local traffic had reached a point where something needed to be done urgently.

Hornsby mayor Nick Berman described it as a national priority: "[Pennant Hills Road] stifles transport movements, undermines business productivity and compromises safety," he said.

Byrne stays put

Attempts to oust The Hills Council's acting mayor Michelle Byrne were unsuccessful last week.

At last Tuesday's council meeting, the former Liberal councillor Peter Dimbrowsky raised, as a matter of urgency, a call for a new chairman following the resignation of former mayor, Liberal councillor Greg Burnett.

Cr Byrne was deputy mayor.

Cr Dimbrowsky claimed he and councillors Robyn Preston, Mike Thomas and Larry Bolitho, had no faith in the acting mayor's judgment following allegations she knew of Cr Burnett's alleged embezzlement.

The matter of urgency was lost 6-4.

Fire education

The West Pennant Hills Valley Progress Association will meet 7.30pm in the West Pennant Hills Village Community Hall, in George Thornton Reserve (top of Hill Road) on Monday, August 6.

Lynette Liston of the Rural Fire Service will talk about 'Neighbourhood — a safer place' and answer questions about what to do in the threat of fire in your neighbourhood. Residents of Glenhope Road and adjoining streets are encouraged to attend to become pro-active in mitigating the potential impacts from the proposed rail station at Franklin Road at Cherrybrook.

Knit-Ins

You are invited to the annual Knit-In at local libraries. Knitted wraps will be made to send to Wrap with Love, which distributes them to needy communities around the world.

¦Wednesday at Dural library, 10am to 1.30pm;

¦Thursday at Baulkham Hills library, 11am to 1pm;

¦Friday at Castle Hill library, 10am to 1pm; Pennant Hills Library, 9am to 1pm; and

¦Tuesday, August 7, at Carlingford library, 10am to noon.

Eye-opening photos

A photo exhibition called The Road to 2015 is on in the Castle Hill Library meeting room from today.

The week-long exhibition is part of a Make Poverty History initiative which outlines the promises Australia has committed to regarding levels of international aid and development.

Hills Justice Project spokesman Josh Dowton said the exhibition would also show where the country is three years from the target date — 2015 — and reveal a collection of compelling pictures and stories from Australian aid organisations such as Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief.

‘‘You will have the opportunity to learn how effective aid projects are saving, improving and empowering the lives of people in poor communities,’’ he said.

Details: 0410 697 717.

Essays earn praise

Two high school students from the Hills have been named in the top eight finalists of the University of Western Sydney’s Whitlam Institute’s What Matters essay writing competition.

The competition is an opportunity for students in years 5 to 12 in NSW and ACT to have their voices heard by submitting a 400-600 word opinion piece on topics important to them.

Sheree Kuan, of Cherrybrook, was nominated as a finalist for her essay The voice of the whale in which she discusses Japanese whaling from a whale’s perspective.

Richard Tong, from James Rouse Agricultural College, was nominated for his essay Uniformly individual in which he discusses conformity.

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