This week is Local Government Week, which provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the role of Council in supporting, improving and maintaining a vibrant and connected Hills Shire community.
This year’s theme is ‘Locally Led’ and highlights all the wonderful services The Hills Shire Council has available for residents, as well as all the fun events and activities that celebrate diversity, local achievement and showcase the best of The Hills region.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said many people know Council is responsible for local roads, rubbish, sporting fields and parks, but some were unaware of the other services Council provides – especially services that can help and support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m so proud of Council’s efforts in keeping our community connected, especially at a time when we are encouraged to remain apart,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Our Libraries can still be accessed online via the Hills Shire Library App, which is available to download for free from Google Play or the App Store. The App provides library members with access to our online Library catalogue, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and also allows them to review and reserve books – all from the comfort of their home.
“Residents can also enjoy free online author talks. The first event kicks-off this Thursday with renowned Aussie writer, Kyle Perry.
“Our Kangaroo Dreaming Colouring Challenge is another great activity to keep residents entertained during lockdown. Completed artworks can be submitted and viewed in an online exhibition.
“Council has also launched a dedicated webpage for business owners to access the information they need to help them through this challenging time. Local business owners can also book in a virtual meeting with Council’s Economic Development Team to discuss business set-up, goals and compliance needs.
“We’ve also been busy maintaining our parks, gardens and road assets so they are ready for when people need them.
“Once lockdown restrictions ease, we hope to bring back our free child restraint fitting days, environmental and business workshops and face-to-face educational opportunities.
“To find out more about services and events, visit The Hills Shire Council website, follow Council on Instagram and like us on Facebook,” Mayor Byrne added.