The Hills Shire Council is committed to creating an excellent quality of life for all residents, and creating more open space and playgrounds, investing in street lighting and upgrading local roads and footpaths are just some of the key features of the draft Hills Shire Plan for the 2018/2019 financial year.
The Plan, which includes a Draft Budget, Capital Works Program and Fees and Charges, is now open for public feedback.
Under the Hills Shire Plan, Council will spend $111 million to acquire land for more sporting fields, parks and playgrounds.
A further $29.5 million has been set aside to upgrade roads and footpaths, as well as improve street lighting and build more bridges to improve connectivity for commuters and pedestrians.
Another $29.8 million will be used to ensure the natural environment is valued, maintained and enhanced through effective storm water management and environmental sustainability projects, as well as garbage, recycling and kerbside clean-up services.
The Hills Shire Library Service will see a $6.8 million investment to fund services for residents.
An additional $6.2 million will be invested into providing essential services for aged residents, including Meals on Wheels, social day programs and more.
Some of the Budget highlights include:
- $4 million for updating and enhancing Council’s community buildings;
- $4.6 million for a new sports complex at Balmoral Road Reserve;
- $3.5 million Castle Hill Cemetery upgrade;
- $1 million for Bannerman Road rehabilitation;
- $781,512 for traffic signals at Hezlett Road and Gum Nut Close;
- $1,573,481 for Culvert Road crossing;
- $450,000 for Redden Drive rehabilitation; and
- $100,000 Wiseman Road Castle Hill stormwater upgrade.
Community members are encouraged to view the plans and provide feedback to Council during the public exhibition period.
For more information, please visit The Hills Shire Council website: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au and search for Hills Shire Plan.