Hunters Hill Mayors Column

Recently, there has been some inaccurate media coverage about parking meters in Hunters Hill Municipality, including an article in this paper last week that featured a photo of a councillor dumping a coin-operated parking meter in a rubbish bin. The Council has resolved to implement a pay and display parking scheme in two locations only – Clarkes Point and Buffalo Creek Reserve. All residents of Hunters Hill Municipality will be exempt from payment of parking fees. Given that Clarke’s Point parking is jointly managed by Hunters Hill Council and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (SHFT), the parking fees have been set to match those already implemented in other locations managed by SHFT. Revenue from parking fees will be used to assist in funding the ongoing maintenance of and improvements to Council playgrounds, parks and reserves.

The NSW Government has directed all NSW councils to find alternative revenue sources to minimise rate increases. All councils bordering Hunters Hill Municipality have introduced paid parking schemes and other new revenue initiatives in recent years. Contrary to what was previously reported in this newspaper, Hunters Hill residents are also charged entry fees to sports facilities, such as Ryde Aquatic Centre. Hunters Hill Sailing Club has offered to pay for the parking passes the club will receive from Council for its non-resident members.

Further accurate information about the paid parking scheme, including the resident exemption application form, is available on Council’s website www.huntershill.nsw.gov.au or by contacting Council’s Customer Service centre on 9879 9400.

New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve, Hunters Hill Peninsula will be closed to traffic at the Church Street overpass from 1.00pm.  The purpose of the road closure is to regulate the volume of traffic entering the peninsula and to prevent congestion and parking problems. Residents who live on the peninsula are able to obtain two authorised entry permits for visiting family members or friends. Permits are available from Council until 4.30pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014. Police will enforce the road closure and allow entry only to local residents who live in the affected areas and those who are displaying an authorised entry permit affixed to their windscreen. Residents will need to produce their Driver’s Licence as proof of residency within the peninsula.

New Parramatta River Initiative
A new initiative launched by the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG), Our Living River, aims to bring back swimming to the Parramatta River by 2025. The PRCG, consisting of 12 councils, government agencies and community groups within the catchment area, is proposing to set a range of achievable targets in the aim of bringing currently unusable parts of the river and surrounding creeks back to life.

Currently, the river west of Cabarita is regarded as un-swimmable, with the exception of Lake Parramatta. Benefits to improving the river, surrounding creeks and open areas include better public amenities, greater liveability, healthier living, social connection, increased biodiversity, business opportunities and increased property value.

The initiative is calling on the community to get involved by; going to www.ourlivingriver.com.au, voting for your favourite swimming spot, and showing your support to bring the river and surrounding creeks back to their former glory.

Merry Christmas
On behalf of all the Councillors and Staff at Hunter’s Hill Council I would like wish you and your family a Christmas filled with peace and joy, and a safe and happy New Year.

Clr Richard Quinn
Mayor