PARK FEAST IS BACK!
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.