NA­TIONAL BROAD­BAND NET­WORK: ROUSE HILL, BEAU­MONT HILLS, KEL­LYVILLE, BELLA VISTA AND SEC­TIONS OF CAS­TLE HILL EN­TERS THE SUPERFAST BROAD­BAND ERA

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Federal Member For Mitchell -

Superfast broad­band has ar­rived in Rouse Hill, Beau­mont Hills, Kel­lyville, Bella Vista and parts of Cas­tle Hill as the NBN makes ser­vices avail­able to more than 10,614 homes and busi­nesses in the elec­torate of Mitchell. Res­i­dents in th­ese sub­urbs can now be­gin or­der­ing their NBN ser­vice from a re­tail ser­vice provider.

When the first NBN maps came out for Mitchell, un­der La­bor, not one street of our com­mu­nity was get­ting NBN. In ad­di­tion, in March, thanks to the de­ci­sion of Mal­colm Turn­bull, the Nor­west Busi­ness Park goes live also. I am keep­ing the pres­sure on to see the NBN rolled out and more build ar­eas are in progress. Stay tuned for more an­nounce­ments in the near fu­ture!

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www. alex­hawke.com.au

Aus­tralia Day 2017 was a great day and as usual the Hills com­mu­nity cel­e­brated in style with ca­pac­ity crowds at each event.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the re­cip­i­ents of the 2017 Hills Shire Coun­cil’s Aus­tralia Day Awards

(Hills Shire Coun­cil’s Aus­tralia Day Awards – Cit­i­zen of the Year re­cip­i­ents) Cit­i­zen of the Year – Marco Capo­bianco and Chris Lee Se­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year – John Yue Kuen Choy Young Cit­i­zen of the Year – Sarah At­tard Com­mu­nity Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year – The Sanc­tu­ary – The Hills Women’s Shel­ter Com­mu­nity Project of the Year – Bat­tered Bar­bie Project –Zonta Club of Sydney Hills Com­mu­nity Sport­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year – Hills Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion May­oral Com­men­da­tion award for Cit­i­zen of the Year Award – Anju Kalra and Neil Wares May­oral Com­men­da­tion award for Sport­ing Achieve­ment – The Sydney Hills Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion May­oral Com­men­da­tion award for Se­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year – Phillip Wines Com­mu­nity Con­tri­bu­tion award re­cip­i­ents: John Eb­bott, Hills Dis­trict Mums, Martin Ol­lis, Annabelle Daniel and Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Chritchlow. Con­grat­u­la­tions also to the Mitchell res­i­dents who were recog­nised in the 2017 Aus­tralia Day Hon­ours List for their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to our na­tion:

John Craik AM – for sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the com­mu­nity through Chris­tian fel­low­ship groups, to youth, and to the life in­sur­ance sec­tor

Dr Roberta Chow AM – for sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to medicine

as a clin­i­cian, and to pi­o­neer­ing de­vel­op­ments in the use of laser ther­apy tech­niques for chronic pain man­age­ment Yvonne Holt OAM – for ser­vice to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies Peter Mackin­non OAM – for ser­vice to aged care in New South Wales Arthur Rick­ersey OAM – for ser­vice to youth, and to the com­mu­nity

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment pro­vides a range of grant pro­grams through the De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs (DVA) to recog­nise and hon­our the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of Aus­tralia’s ser­vice men and women. In 2017, DVA will run fund­ing rounds in the grant pro­grams de­scribed be­low: The Salut­ing Their Ser­vice (STS) com­mem­o­ra­tions pro­gram pro­vides fund­ing to el­i­gi­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions for projects that con­trib­ute to Aus­tralia’s un­der­stand­ing of its wartime her­itage and hon­our the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of its ser­vice­men and women. Two cat­e­gories of

grants are avail­able un­der the STS Pro­gram: Com­mu­nity Com­mem­o­ra­tive

Grants (CCG) – up to $4,000 in fund­ing is avail­able for projects that as­sist peo­ple at a com­mu­nity level and en­able small com­mu­ni­ties to build memo­ri­als and pre­serve wartime mem­o­ra­bilia that are lo­cally sig­nif­i­cant. Ma­jor Com­mem­o­ra­tive

Grants (MCG) – fund­ing in ex­cess of $4,000 is avail­able for sig­nif­i­cant projects at a na­tional or state/ter­ri­tory level. The Vet­eran and Com­mu­nity

Grants (V&CG) Pro­gram aims to im­prove the in­de­pen­dence and qual­ity of life for mem­bers of the vet­eran com­mu­nity. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this pro­gram or any of the oth­ers, please see DVA’s web­site (http://www.dva. gov.au/con­sul­ta­tion-and-grants/ grants), which con­tains in­for­ma­tion on each of DVA’s grant pro­grams and how to ap­ply.

Hills Shire Coun­cil’s Aus­tralia Day Awards – Cit­i­zen of the Year re­cip­i­ents

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