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June 21, 2021

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Community consultation will commence in early July for a public legacy project in Figtree Park, while local businesses will deliver placemaking projects across Hunters Hill with grants from the Council.

The actions follow tonight’s (Monday 21 June, 2021) Hunter’s Hill Council meeting, in which the organisation’s Operational Plan for 2021/22 was also adopted, and updates delivered on a Sustainability Action Plan and a proposal for improving playing fields at Gladesville Reserve.

A report to tonight’s meeting said that community consultation on the Figtree Park project was scheduled to start from early July, following Council successfully securing $4.75million State Government funding for a significant, quality open space.

The proposed project would seek to maintain the character of Hunters Hill and Figtree Park by improving the presentation and use of the area through public domain improvements, reinstatement of a playground, water-sensitive design, use of sustainable and locally-sourced materials, improved parkland and garden settings and ensuring the space is accessible and inclusive.

The project will aim to increase the time people spend in the space and is aligned with many of Council’s strategic plans, the report said.

Council was committed to extensive consultation with the community, which will commence from early July. Subject to approval by the Council following community consultation, the project would commence construction in February 2022 and potentially be opened in December 2022.

At tonight’s meeting, the Council also adopted an Operational Plan for 2021/22, following public exhibition of the documentation, which includes the organisation’s budget, longer-term financial projections, fees, rates and charges.

As a result of increased grant funding since the draft document was prepared, the adopted plan features a $6million capital works program.

Local businesses will share in $12,500 through Council’s Business Placemaking Grants program, which aims to support business centres following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Successful applications, approved tonight, providing $2,500 included:

  • Wishbone – Conversations in the Courtyard
  • Dachshund Coffee – Signage and wayfinding
  • Karl Azzi Hairdressers – Community amenities
  • LalaLynnie Boutique – Placemaking
  • Skinsational – Placemaking

A remaining $2500 will be allocated to support businesses with placemaking activities in the future.

Tonight’s meeting also endorsed a report providing a six-month snapshot of the Council’s achievements through its Sustainability Action Plan.

Highlights include: installation of LED street lighting across 94 per cent of the local government area, resulting in a 10 per cent saving of $8,500 in electricity costs and emissions; electric vehicles in Council’s fleet; and installing a reverse vending machine at Henley.

An 8 per cent reduction was recorded in overall corporate emissions across the Council.

A report providing an update on a proposal for an all-weather surface at Gladesville Reserve was received and noted, with the Council also resolving to engage with and seek input from the community and other interested parties, including bringing all the parties together in a facilitated forum to discuss their aspirations for an improved scope for Gladesville Reserve.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacqui Jones, Communications Officer. Phone: (02) 9879 9400

Email: jonesj@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

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