The Hills into the Fu­ture

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politicians Say -

by Ray Wil­liams, Mem­ber for Cas­tle Hill

Our area is un­der­go­ing sig­nif­i­cant change and with that change come chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Hills is the ben­e­fi­ciary of al­most $10 bil­lion in NSW Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture, top of the list the new fully au­to­mated Syd­ney Metro Rail line that has the abil­ity to trans­port 45,000 passengers an hour. This com­bined with ma­jor road up­grad­ing and a new hos­pi­tal at Rouse Hill will pro­vide the nec­es­sary ser­vices on be­half of our cur­rent com­mu­nity and the ex­pected 100,000 new res­i­dents who will move here by 2031. We are also for­tu­nate to have two of the largest re­tail cen­tres in the south­ern hemi­sphere namely the Rouse Hill Town Cen­tre and Cas­tle Tow­ers, with the later un­der­go­ing a mas­sive $1 bil­lion re­furb. While this is an ex­cit­ing time for our com­mu­nity we need to en­sure the unique na­ture of the Hills is re­tained, as this is the rea­son it is one of the most pop­u­lar places for new fam­i­lies to live. An in­crease in den­sity ad­join­ing a ma­jor pub­lic trans­port cor­ri­dor makes good sense and cre­ates af­ford­able hous­ing with greater con­nec­tiv­ity to em­ploy­ment ar­eas. Con­tain­ing the higher den­sity in ar­eas close to rail sta­tions pro­vides walk­ing ac­cess for com­muters re­mov­ing the need for fam­i­lies to own mul­ti­ple cars. It also en­sures ex­ist­ing sub­urbs with de­tached hous­ing and open space re­main typ­i­cal of the Hills ur­ban land­scape. How­ever as our pop­u­la­tion grows, so too does the need to pro­vide in­creased open space and im­por­tantly pas­sive recre­ational ar­eas to re­lax. We have some lovely bush­land cor­ri­dors ad­join­ing creek lines which when com­bined with cy­cle and walk­ways pro­vide ideal places for a quite walk and the op­por­tu­nity to leave the hus­tle and bus­tle be­hind, even for just a short while. These ar­eas are just as im­por­tant as any of the above men­tioned in­fra­struc­ture. The fu­ture qual­ity of life for our com­mu­nity de­pends on sound plan­ning prin­ci­ples com­bin­ing good ur­ban de­sign, ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture and an abun­dance of open space, which to date has been a bench­mark of the Hills life­style.

School Stu­dents Safer Than Ever

Noth­ing is more im­por­tant that the safety of our chil­dren. More than 2,400 school zone flash­ing lights have been in­stalled in NSW since 2011 - mean­ing ev­ery el­i­gi­ble school in the State is now cov­ered. Chil­dren are some of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple on the road and we know that flash­ing lights slow mo­torists down in school zones. The flash­ing lights roll­out was funded by the Com­mu­nity Road Safety Fund, which redi­rects fines from speed cam­eras into road safety ini­tia­tives. Re­mem­ber: 40 km/h in school zones when lights are flash­ing.

Con­grat­u­la­tory Mes­sages Aus­tralia Day Emer­gency Ser­vice Metal

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Glen­haven lo­cal, Peter Cinque, for be­ing awarded the dis­tin­guished Emer­gency Ser­vices Medal on Aus­tralia Day in recog­ni­tion of his long stand­ing ser­vice to the SES. Peter and in­deed all SES vol­un­teers de­serve the high­est of com­men­da­tion for their ex­tra­or­di­nary ser­vice.

50th Wed­ding An­niver­sary

& Mar­garet Thurecht

60th Wed­ding An­niver­sary

Ken­neth

Barry & Bar­bara Halpin, Robert & Yvonne McGrath

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