Noel Oxley

Now the federal election results are clear it is timely to reflect on how lucky we are living in Australia where all citizens are able to express their views free from any threats or harm. It’s a stark contrast with many other parts of the world today.

We were pleased when our new Federal member Julian Leeser took time to meet with the Pennant Hills Civic Trust committee for an open discussion on issues important to us. We agreed to set up a regular schedule of meetings, similar to those we already have with our State members Matt Kean and Damien Tudehope, and the good relationship we have with our local  councillors.

In Pennant Hills we are fortunate to be represented at all levels of Government by politicians keen to serve their communities. They represent all of us in government regardless of our political preferences at election time. The Trust aims to maintain collaborative working relations with all politicians through respectful dialogue on issues affecting us as residents of Pennant Hills. We will advocate strongly on issues that we believe in and while we may not always agree with each other, we will keep the communication channels open and constructive.

Some specific issues we are talking to our representatives about currently are the Pennant Hills Town Centre Master Plan, where we will work with Hornsby Council to ensure the plan reflects a true vision for a community focussed town centre offering improvements in shopping, parking, business opportunities and developing a “community heart” around the town centre. We have raised issues of traffic congestion and outdated planning controls with Matt Kean. We are all aware of the adhoc medium density development going on around us, and the negative impact this has on traffic congestion on local roads and highways. We certainly have his sympathy here and we are looking to the State Government to ensure developers make a reasonable contribution to funding improved infrastructure in our area.

Finally we are looking to the Federal Government to contribute to infrastructure funding in our area. We think it must play its part in ensuring the necessary infrastructure is built in phase with demand.

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