PARK FEAST IS BACK!

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

The Hills Shire Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian Bou­tique Mar­kets is proud to an­nounce the re­turn of foodie festival, Park Feast.

The sec­ond in­stal­ment of the food truck event will re­turn to Bella Vista Farm over two-ac­tion packed days on the 25th and 26th of Fe­bru­ary.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Coun­cil­lor Yvonne Keane said the first food truck festival, which kicked-off in Novem­ber, re­ceived com­mu­nity sup­port and praise.

Park Feast will run 11am to 10pm on each day.

Free en­try and on-site park­ing is also avail­able. Park Feast is an al­co­hol free event.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE PRO­POSED CHANGES TO SUB­URBS AND BOUND­ARY ALIGN­MENTS IN THE HILLS

The Hills Shire Coun­cil is invit­ing res­i­dents to have their say in the re­nam­ing and re­zon­ing of sub­urbs in The Hills.

With more houses be­ing built, rapid pop­u­la­tion growth and the con­struc­tion of sig­nif­i­cant state in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing the Syd­ney Metro North­west, Coun­cil is propos­ing to re­align sub­urb bound­aries and cre­ate two new sub­urbs in the Kel­lyville, Bella Vista and Baulkham Hills ar­eas.

The names for th­ese new sub­urbs are North Kel­lyville and Nor­west.

Hills Shire res­i­dents can now view the draft plans for th­ese changes at Coun­cil Cham­bers, Cas­tle Hill Li­brary, Vine­gar Hill Me­mo­rial Li­brary or Baulkham Hills Li­brary, as well as on the Coun­cil web­site (www.the­hills.nsw.gov.au).

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to put for­ward a sub­mis­sion to ex­press their opin­ion on the al­ter­ations by Fri­day 17 March 2017.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Coun­cil­lor Yvonne Keane said she was en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to have their say on the pro­posed changes.

“This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to get in­volved and to have in­put into the pro­posed sub­urbs and new bound­ary align­ments,” Mayor Keane said.

“The pro­posed changes re­flect our Shire’s growth and recog­nise the emer­gence of North Kel­lyville and Nor­west as their own dis­tinct com­mu­ni­ties.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the changes and how to make a sub­mis­sion, visit http://www. the­hills.nsw.gov.au/ Build­ing/Ma­jorPlans-on-Ex­hi­bi­tion/Cur­rent-Plan­son-Ex­hi­bi­tion.

MORE THAN $4 MIL­LION FOR LO­CAL HER­ITAGE FUND­ING AVAIL­ABLE

Mem­ber for Hawkes­bury Do­minic Per­rot­tet is en­cour­ag­ing own­ers and man­agers of lo­cal her­itage items to con­sider ap­ply­ing for more than $4 mil­lion in fund­ing for lo­cal con­ser­va­tion projects.

Mr Per­rot­tet said th­ese grants were de­signed to help com­mu­ni­ties re­ju­ve­nate and con­serve their lo­cal her­itage.

“I would urge all own­ers and man­agers of her­itage items, Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil, The Hills Shire Coun­cil, busi­nesses, not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions to con­sider ap­ply­ing for fund­ing,” Mr Per­rot­tet said.

There are two her­itage fund­ing pro­grams open for ap­pli­ca­tion: $2.67 mil­lion in fund­ing is avail­able un­der the sec­ond round of Her­itage Ac­ti­va­tion Grants pro­gram – this pro­gram is open to own­ers and man­agers of lo­cal her­itage items listed on their coun­cil’s Lo­cal En­vi­ron­men­tal Plan; $2 mil­lion is avail­able un­der the first round of the Lo­cal Her­itage Strate­gic Projects Pro­gram – pro­posed projects can in­clude con­ser­va­tion and re­pair work, the de­vel­op­ment of her­itage man­age­ment, strat­egy and pol­icy plans and projects de­vel­oped to specif­i­cally raise com­mu­nity aware­ness, knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of lo­cal her­itage Her­itage Min­is­ter Gabrielle Up­ton said th­ese pro­grams were de­signed to build on the knowl­edge and con­nec­tion com­mu­ni­ties have with their her­itage.

“Com­mu­ni­ties know their her­itage bet­ter than any­one – th­ese NSW Govern­ment grants will help bring lo­cal her­itage back to life,” Ms Up­ton said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions un­der the Lo­cal Her­itage Strate­gic Projects Pro­gram are open all year round sub­ject to avail­able fund­ing. Ap­pli­ca­tions un­der the Her­itage Ac­ti­va­tion pro­gram open to­day and close on Mon­day 21 April.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: http://www.en­vi­ron­ment.nsw.gov. au/Her­itage/her­itage-near-mein­cen­tives.htm.

COM­MU­NI­TIES RAISE OVER $500,000 FOR LO­CAL VOL­UN­TEER EMER­GENCY SER­VICES AT AUSSIE DAY WEEK­END FUNDRAISER BBQ

Thanks to com­mu­nity gen­eros­ity, over half a mil­lion dol­lars has been raised and con­trib­uted in sup­port of lo­cal vol­un­teer emer­gency ser­vices through the an­nual Aussie Day Week­end Fundraiser BBQ.

Held on Satur­day 28 Jan­uary at ev­ery Bun­nings store na­tion­ally, New South Wales res­i­dents helped raise over $136,000, with all funds go­ing di­rectly to NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice, and NSW State Emer­gency Ser­vice.

Bun­nings Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Michael Sch­nei­der, ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to ev­ery­one who sup­ported this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive.

“We would like to ex­tend a huge thank you to ev­ery­one that bought a snag or do­nated on the day in sup­port of the emer­gency ser­vices, in­clud­ing any lo­cal busi­nesses that do­nated sup­plies. We’d also like to thank the lo­cal emer­gency ser­vice vol­un­teers, along with our team mem­bers, who rolled up their sleeves and ran the BBQs on the week­end,” Michael said.

Over 2,200 team mem­bers and lo­cal vol­un­teers ran more than 270 BBQ’s all over Aus­tralia.

The Aussie Day Week­end Fundraiser BBQ takes place an­nu­ally at ev­ery Bun­nings stores na­tion­ally over the Aus­tralia Day week­end, with ev­ery cent raised go­ing di­rectly to lo­cal vol­un­teer fire brigades and emer­gency ser­vices.

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