For too long now residents of Hornsby Shire’s rural area have endured delayed traffic movement, business disruption and compromised pedestrian safety along the incomplete New Line Road. This month Hornsby MP Matt Kean, Epping MP Damien Tudehope and Berowra MP Julian Leeser met with Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey to make our case for the completion of this critical gateway to our community. They have heard our communities concerns, especially in regards to increased traffic movements from neighbouring shires, and will seek the necessary funding to relieve the congestion. Watch this space…

Hornsby Shire Council has endorsed the Public Domain Strategy. I pushed for the inclusion of Galston as a priority recipient of this strategy and I have been successful. Galston will now receive the benefits of a Public Domain Plan, which will deliver improvements to parking, pedestrian access, footpaths, traffic flow, landscaping, street furniture and better integration of both public and privately owned property. This will coincide with the further identification of Galston as the rural library and information hub within our Community Strategic Plan. I will continue to seek community input into how we may better improve all the villages within the ward.

State funding has also been secured to facilitate a revision of our planning documents. This work will be completed over the next two years and will modernise our policy and planning instruments for the future. Your Councillors have ensured that the vision for the rural area has been included and assigned an appropriate allocation of this funding. This is a clear opportunity for me to present desirable outcomes as they are put to me by the community.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions please contact me on 0499 004 861 or by emailing [email protected]