HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS with Mayor MARK BENNETT: Business ‘Inclusion’ Award

LAST WEEK the Council Aged and Disability Co-ordinator and I joined colleagues from City of Ryde and Lane Cove Councils to present the winners of our new, collaborative ‘Inclusion’ award for business at the long-standing Northern Business Awards Presentation evening at The Epping Club.

Our community made a considerable contribution to the awards response and I congratulate local business Buffalo Locksmiths (Ryde) and to the Highly Commended Finalists, One Seed Patisserie (Lane Cove) and our own local business The Hunters Hill Hotel.

Hunters Hill Council is currently working to implement our Disability Inclusion Action Plan and applauds the efforts of our business community who also work to make their products, venues and services more welcoming and accessible to people of all abilities. The message of the new award campaign has been: ‘Good for business; good for community.’

Inclusion is an essential approach to a stronger community, and simply put, is also great business practice.

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FOLLOWING ON from the Centenary Commemoration and the repair of the World War 1 Howitzer in 2015, Council obtained a $10,000 grant from Veterans’ Affairs and voted to supply more funds necessary for the construction of a canopy over the Gun, situated outside the Town Hall.

This work is now completed, complementing the historical significance of both the Town Hall and the Cannon.

Council’s Exhibition and Assessment Report concerning the Gladesville Planning Proposal is currently available on the council website www.huntershill.nsw.gov.au/GPP and provides a summary and analysis of the main issues raised by submissions, a discussion regarding the merits of the exhibited Planning Proposal and a recommendation for Council at Ordinary Meeting to be held 10 September 2018.

At the meeting, a resolution on the Planning Proposal , once adopted, will be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment. The Department of Planning and Environment is the determining authority for the planning proposal.

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AFTER MORE than 22 years, the Manager Community Services Mrs Margaret Kelly is retiring from Council. It has been great working with Margaret, who has left her mark on Council.

Now it’s time for her to relax and enjoy, and I offer my congratulations and best wishes on her retirement.

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