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

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 (https://www.dva. gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants), which contains information on each of DVA’s grant programs and how to apply.