Hills Council buries time capsules

The Hills councillors at last night's time capsule 'sinking' ceremony.

The Hills councillors at last night's time capsule 'sinking' ceremony.

A new time capsule, and three existing time capsules, were ceremonially ‘sunk’ into cabinets at The Hills Council chambers last night.

Outgoing mayor Michelle Byrne spoke of the importance of “preserving a piece of the present for the future” as she unveiled two new interpretive cabinets.

This happened just before an extraordinary council meeting, where a new mayor (Cr Andrew Jefferies) and deputy mayor (Cr Byrne) were elected.

The cabinets contain four time capsules including:

■ The new Columbia Court time capsule commemorating the official opening of the Council building;

■ The 2006 Centenary Time Capsule;

■ The 1982 Showground Road Council premises time capsule; and

■ The Hills Centre time capsule.

Cr Byrne said most time capsules are sunk into the foyer of a building, but the design of council's new building prevented this.

"So we came up with the cabinets,” she said.

“It works well and is a more visual reminder that we have time capsules to be opened in the future.”

Councillors were invited to contribute items to the new time capsule, and official documents including council’s major four-year plan were placed in the capsule and sealed.

“The new time capsule is marked to be opened at the same time as the other capsules – on council’s 150th anniversary in 2056,” Cr Byrne said.

“I have written a letter to the future mayor, and it will be interesting to compare the issues that are important now to those that will matter then.”

The time capsules are on display in their cabinets in council’s foyer during business hours at 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills.

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