Council meeting Fit For The Future targets

HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS

with Acting Mayor Clr Dr MEREDITH SHEIL 

AFTER extensive community consultation and engagement, Hunters Hill Council has submitted its response to the Fit for The Future State Government Initiative.

It is available on Council’s website at www.huntershill.nsw.gov.au

The submission summarised Council’s and the community’s position, in which the overwhelming majority of residents did not support amalgamation into a mega-council as was the preferred IRP recommendation.

Instead, the submission outlined the unique strengths of Hunters Hill Council, our plans for improvement and our capacity to meet Fit for the Future targets.

It also proposed a “superior alternative” to amalgamation.

This alternate model – called a “joint regional authority” model – is a way for local councils to stay local, retain their close community representation and autonomy over local character and development, yet also to band together and work co-operatively on areas of common interest such as sharing services to gain efficiencies and working together on regional priorities and advocacy.

Council is extremely grateful to all residents who have actively engaged in this issue and contributed through meetings, surveys and workshops.

The forced amalgamation of Hunters Hill Council from a small “specialty” local government area into a major sub-regional Council of 250,000 people based out of North Sydney, with only 0.5 of a locally elected councillor representative, would be a dramatic change with serious repercussions for local community representation, and preservation of the heritage and character of Hunter’s Hill. We need to continue to hear your voice on this issue.

Council encourages all residents to stay engaged with the process as it moves on to the next stage.

The threat of forced amalgamation into a larger regional mega-council remains, as IPART now assesses council’s submission, and the Upper House inquiry begins.

HHC encourages all local residents to make their feelings on forced amalgamations known to the Upper House inquiry via the following web address https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/ and follow the links to the Inquiry into Local Government in NSW.

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A NEW much more comprehensive document has been developed to guide the future development of the Gladesville Village Centre.

This document (a new Chapter 4.4 in Councils Development Control Plan – DCP 2013) has undergone major changes to adapt to the local communities concerns and aspirations and is now out for public review and comment.

This Draft document is a promised outcome of the “Future Gladesville” project commenced in September 2014.

This aimed to get detailed public input about the local community’s desires and aspirations for Gladesville and to use this to develop improvements in public space and built form controls for new developments in the area.

Place Partners was the consultancy employed to work with Council on the “Future Gladesville” project. After community engagement Place Partners chose to re-write rather than amend the existing Chapter 4.4 Gladesville Village Centre.

The resulting document is completely different to the existing Chapter 4.4. It delivers a set of objectives and controls that leave the reader in no doubt about the look and feel desired for development in the Gladesville area, as informed by the local community.

Exhibition Details

The Draft Chapter 4.4 (Gladesville Village Centre) will be on exhibition from 15 July 2015 to 12 August 2015 and during this period two public information sessions will be held during the afternoon of Saturday 25 July and on the evening of Tuesday 28 July 2015.

The draft document and further details about the information sessions will be available via Councils webpage or Council’s Administration Centre from July 15.

Council encourages submissions throughout the exhibition period.

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HUNTERS Hill Council has recently welcomed six French Exchange students who are in Australia for six weeks to experience life in Australia. Hunters Hill has a friendship pact with the City of le Vesinet in France and each year Australian students also go to Le Vesinet for six weeks.

This program has been on-going since 1991 and has been a huge cultural and educational success on both sides of the world.

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DO you know someone worthy of Australia’s attention?

Every year the Australian of the Year Awards recognise inspirational Australians from all around the country worthy of your attention, quiet achievers, community members, household names and unknown heroes alike for their dedication, leadership and contribution to the community locally, nationally and globally.

The awards rely on members of the public to nominate those people who deserve recognition in one of the following four categories: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over), Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years) and Australia’s Local Hero.

It could be someone in your community, a colleague or even someone you don’t know – an Australian who you admire and who you feel should be recognised for the work they do and who is worthy of Australia’s attention.

Nomination forms are available from Council or you can do it online at www.australianoftheyear.org.au

Nominations close August 3.