COMMUNITY NEWS

HAWKESBURY SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

Hawkesbury Small Business Week will run from Monday, 5 June to Friday, 9 June 2017. As part of this, Hawkesbury City Council will host workshops to help businesses improve their skills in running a business.

Local business owners, employers and employees are encouraged to attend.

Business skills workshops will be provided by program partners Western Sydney Business Centre and the Australian Tax Office.

Workshops will include Marketing and Sales Planning, How to Sell Your Services, Social Media 101 for Small Business, and Taxation Essentials.

Visit http://www.hawkesbury.nsw. gov.au/news-and-events/events/ upcoming-events/hawkesburybusiness- week to download the program.

To reserve a place at a workshop or for further information, please call Strategic Planner Fiona Mann on 4560 4579 or email fiona.mann@ hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

HILLS SHIRE DRAFT BUDGET & FORWARD PLAN 2017-2018

Record investment in infrastructure and services underpins The Hills Shire Council’s FY 17/18 Draft Budget and Forward Plan, led by a $83.2 million investment in public recreation, roads, footpaths and community buildings.

Under this Budget, we will spend $55.8 million to acquire land and provide more sporting fields and open spaces. This funding will ensure that our public spaces are attractive, safe and well-maintained, providing a variety of recreational and leisure activities to support active and healthy lifestyles.

Council has set aside $53.7 million to upgrade roads, footpaths, improve street lighting and build more bridges which will ultimately provide traffic congestion relief for commuters and pedestrians.

Another $30.3 million will be used to ensure that our natural environment is valued, maintained and enhanced through effective storm water and environmental sustainability projects, as well as garbage, recycling and kerbside clean-up services.

“Our library service will see a $6.6 million investment to fund active and engaging learning activities for residents.

The budget also highlights our commitment to the State Emergency Services (SES) and Rural Fire Services (RFS) who will share in a $3.8 million funding boost to support their life-saving work in our community,” Mayor Keane added.

Some of the Budget highlights include:

• $530,000 refurbishment for Baulkham Hills Swimming Pool
• $1 million for Castle Hill Showground redevelopment concept design
• $338,690 for a new park at Half Penny Reserve
• $153,401 play facilities upgrade at Wisemans Ferry Park Reserve
• $550,000 Sackville Cemetery upgrade
• $464,740 for Samantha Riley Drive playing fields
• $1,556,178 for Memorial Avenue pedestrian bridge

Hills Shire Council encourages all residents, businesses and stakeholders to provide further feedback to them during the public exhibition period, to ensure that everyone has their say.

The Draft Budget and Forward Plan is expected to spend $205 million on recurrent and capital expenditure during the next financial year and $831 million over the next four years.

The Draft Management Plan will be placed on public exhibition for a period of at least 28 days.

For more information, please visit The Hills Shire Council website: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au.

SAFETY IMPROVEMENT WORK ON THE OLD NORTHERN ROAD BETWEEN DURAL AND WISEMANS FERRY

Residents will be pleased to learn that Roads and Maritime Services will be commencing work to improve the safety on Old Northern Road, between Dural and Wisemans Ferry. The NSW Government has allocated $432,000 to provide better guidance and warning signs for motorists around bends. In the five years to June 2014, 30 crashes occurred between Dural and Wisemans Ferry.

Work will involve replacing missing or damaged signs, replacing road marking and installing guardrails on existing safety barriers.

Work has already started and is estimated to be complete by Friday 14 July. The work will take place on weekdays between 7am and 5pm, excluding public holidays and weather permitting. RMS will make every effort to minimise the noise impact to residents.

For the safety of workers and motorists, traffic control and lane closures will be in place during work hours. Motorists should plan their journey, drive to the conditions and follow the direction of all signs.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks the community for its patience while work is carried out.

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