No Forced Amalgamations

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Hunters Hill Happenings with Mayor Richard Quinn

HUNTERS Hill Council has for some considerable time adopted a position of “no forced amalgamations’, noting that any merging of local government areas should be the decision of the local community and not of the NSW Government.

Recent media advertising and local government news stories suggest that the Government may be pursuing an agenda that will lead to forced amalgamations of councils.

With the IPART Report on “Fit for the Future” submissions due to be presented to the Government in October, we need to remain vigilant about any actions that may arise which could result in the forced merger of our local councils.

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COME along to a talk by Sydney author Jane Eales about her award winning book Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs on Wednesday September 23 in Gladesville Library from 2pm to 3pm.

This poignant biography about a post war adoption in London in 1947 reads like an episode of Foyle’s War.

Hear about Jane’s forbidden quest almost 50 years later to connect with family and a mother who turned out to be a WWII spy. Bookings 9952 8352 or online www.cityofryde.eventbrite.com.au

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AN e-waste collection for Lane Cove and Hunters Hill residents will be held on Saturday September 26.

The collection day will be located at St Ignatius’ College, Regis Campus, 29 Riverview Street, Riverview from 8am to 4:30pm.

The free collection is for Lane Cove and Hunters Hill residents only. Please ensure you bring your rate notice or driver’s licence.

For more information on what items are accepted/not accepted please visit Lane Cove Council’s website www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/e-waste.

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DO your children love animals?

Council is holding a Wildlife Workshop during the school holidays that will give children the opportunity to get up close with wildlife and also learn what to do if they find injured wildlife.

The Workshop is suitable for primary school aged children and will be held from 10am – 12 noon Friday October 2 in the CA Fairland Hall, 14 Church Street, Hunters Hill.

Bookings essential and can be made by phoning Customer Service on 9879 9400.

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THE Garage Sale Trail event will this year be held on Saturday October 24.

You can register a garage sale or set yourself up as a shopper on Garage Sale Trail’s new website at https://garagesaletrail.com.au/ The website contains lots of helpful information. The first 2,500 Registrations by September 25 will get a free seller pack containing posters, flyers and much more to help promote your sale.

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On August 24, Council adopted a revised and updated Significant Tree Register including a program to expand the register over the next 12 years.

Each tree on the register is supported by a Tree Profile Sheet which documents the history of the tree (s) provides the trees GPS coordinates, photographs and the criteria used to make an assessment of significance.

Considering Hunters Hill is the oldest garden suburb in metropolitan Sydney, Council is committed to maintaining and expanding its Significant Tree Register over time.

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THE Future Gladesville project is drawing to conclusion.

In 2014 Council commenced a project to establish the community’s aspirations for the future of the Gladesville Village Centre.

Input received has been used to make substantial amendments to controls in Council’s Consolidated Development Control Plan 2013 – Chapter 4.4 (Gladesville Village Centre).

A draft Chapter 4.4 Gladesville Village Centre was exhibited from July 15 – August 11 and two public information sessions were held. Submissions are now being assessed and it is anticipated a report on outcomes will be considered by Council during October 2015.

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ON June 9 this year Council resolved along with some other minor changes to list the timber cottage 10 Cowell Street Gladesville as a heritage item in Schedule 5 Environmental Heritage of Local Environmental Plan 2012.

On July 30 the Department of Planning and Environment advised Council could use delegated authority to address this resolution and currently mapping and documentation is being finalised to send to Parliamentary Counsel who are responsible for the gazettal of all NSW legislation.

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A REMINDER that an updated draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park is on exhibition until Wednesday September 16.

This is an important chance for all interested residents to have input on the way Boronia Park is managed, used and developed for the next ten years. See Council’s website for more details. www.huntershill.nsw.gov.au

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ANOTHER reminder to visit the Community Art Expo being held in Gladesville Shopping Village at 6 Flagstaff St in the old Video Ezy store.

Opening night is September 17 from 4.30pm-6.30pm. The gallery will then be up for an entire week between 10am and 4.30pm from September 18-24.

All artworks are for sale at very reasonable prices, and each purchase supports local artists and community centres at the same time.

Courtesy of The Weekly Times

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