The Hills into the Future
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
Barry & Barbara Halpin, Robert & Yvonne McGrath