As most residents are aware, our rural communities are accessed by a number of unique and interesting options. Although the approach through Dural is conventional road access, the approaches through the scenic Galston Gorge and the river crossings at Wisemans Ferry and Berowra are pretty special.

The Berowra Waters Ferry service carries an average of 23,000 vehicles each month, as well as 4000 pedestrians and cyclists. That’s why it is important to note that from 1 June Transport NSW will undertake six weeks of essential ramp improvements.

The closure will have a particular impact on waterside businesses, so keep in mind that those businesses will still need your support. River crossings will be provided for limited pedestrians and cyclists at peak times. A water taxi will operate from 6am–10am and 3pm–7pm on weekdays, 8am–6pm on Saturdays and 8am–4pm on Sundays and public holidays. There may be further changes, so call 1800 861 855 for more details.

This past month demonstrated further the changing times we live in, with most community organisations resorting to online hosting to keep up with local issues. Glenorie Progress Association and the Memorial Fence Committee were successful in their engagement with residents and members. Improvements to Wal Buckingham Park, local road improvements, environmental concerns and local planning matters featured high on the agenda.

Arcadia Galston Residents Association also hosted a successful meeting, with presentations made on the Galston Village Public Domain draft plan (as per P14) and work proposed at the Middle Dural Road roundabout. Public Domain considerations included safe crossings, angle parking, toilet locations, traffic management, play equipment, the engagement with private property and landscape proposals.

Other items considered were the overall Fagan Park plan of management. Issues were raised in relation to parking problems, user permits, weed management and dog walking. Hornsby Shire Council management looks forward to working with the community in its planning for the future.

As always I am available on 0499 004 861 or [email protected].