There has been a great deal happening in the Hornsby electorate in the first half of 2018. I have been working hard to ensure the Hornsby community have the best facilities, but there is still more work to do. As we move into the second half of 2018 there are some exciting projects coming up and I look forward to continuing to represent the people of Hornsby.
Thornleigh Thunder (pic Thunder)
I recently visited the Thornleigh Thunder Football Club to present them with their Community Building Partnership (CBP) Grant of $21,000. The CBP Grant Program assists local community groups like Thornleigh Thunder, to make improvements or build new infrastructure. This grant will be used to increase the fencing height on the south end of Oakleigh oval.
Thornleigh Thunder led by President Geoff Knowles, is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who provide a positive place for kids and adults to play soccer. I look forward to seeing the work completed and I wish all the Thunder teams the best with the rest of the season.
Galston Gorge (pic Gorge)
I was pleased to join Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey at the Galston Gorge to turn on new technology which will reduce the number of trucks getting stuck in the Gorge.
The cameras have been installed near Montview Parade at Hornsby Heights and Calderwood Road at Galston, to measure the length of heavy vehicles. The cameras along with an Over Dimension Measurement’ device, use infrared and radar-based technology to measure the length of vehicles. Trucks that exceed the maximum length of 7.5 metres will incur an on the spot fine of $2270, while drivers who get stuck will face losing their license along with their vehicle registration suspended for up to three months, plus a maximum fine of $3740 and six demerit points.
Hornsby Quarry (pic quarry)
Fifty hectares of beautiful local parklands are one step closer to becoming a reality, with the task of filling Hornsby Quarry with spoil from the NorthConnex project passing the halfway mark.
NorthConnex has committed to depositing up to 1 million cubic metres of spoil into the quarry void. I recently inspected the site to see how work had progressed over the last 12 months. Once completed, Hornsby residents will benefit from what will become the Centennial Park of the north. This means walking trails, bike tracks and picnic areas that can be enjoyed by families for decades to come. It will also be right on the doorstep of the Hornsby CBD.
I am proud to have been able to been a part of this important project for the Hornsby community. I will keep you updated on the progress as the filling continues.
Red Shield Appeal
Hornsby has one of the highest rates of volunteering in the country. We value giving back to our community, which is why Hornsby is the best place to live in the State. I was happy to do my bit and get out on the streets of Pennant Hills to door knock as part of the Red Shield Appeal. The Salvation Army does amazing work for those less fortunate and I was pleased to be able to help them raise funds as part of their national appeal. There is still a chance to make a donation to the Red Shield Appeal online at salvos.org.au