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Hills Shire Council and the NSW Government are committed to maintaining Castle Hill Showground as a recreational space for the community now and for the next 100 years. This is in addition to the $4 billion master-planned community 'The Gables', which will feature approximately 4,000 apartments with future mixed-use housing.

WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM

WHERE THE MONEY IS SPENT

2015/2016 Total Operating Expenditure $132.7M

MANAGING THE MONEY

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

COUNCIL BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT

The Hills Shire Hotel has direct access to Sydney's freeway system and provides easy access to the CBD and the airport. The Hills Shire is a predominantly residential area with rural areas at the northern end of the Shire, agriculture, national parks and semi-rural and rural-residential living.

WHO WE ARE - LOCATION

The southern end of the Shire has well-established residential and commercial areas, as well as new areas of residential and employment development. They are particularly attracted to the new release areas of Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Box Hill, which will see significant development over the next 20 years.

WHO WE ARE - POPULATION

32.6 %Residents born overseas

29 %Speak a language other

The Hawkesbury Road (Old Windsor Road) was developed from Toongabbie Government Farm to the Hawkesbury River. The railway was closed mainly due to the advent of internal combustion engines used in trucks, cars and buses, which required a wider main road.

WHO WE ARE - HISTORY

Plans are announced to significantly improve Castle Hill Showground as part of the Sydney Metro North West Priority Areas. Suburbs south of the M2 which were part of The Hills Shire Council, incorporated as part of City of Parramatta.

OUR STAKEHOLDERS

During 2015-16, we continued to engage with our stakeholders to understand their expectations on the issues most important to them. We engage with our stakeholders in three primary ways: – responding to specific requests for information and services – conducting our own community engagement activities – participating in multi-stakeholder relationships.

PART TWO COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

STATEMENT FROM THE MAYOR

Until the boundary adjustment, which came into force on 12 May, the Hills Shire local government area was divided into four wards with three councilors representing each ward. From September 2017, the Council will have its Mayor elected by the people rather than by other councillors, and there will be 13 councilors on the Council.

HOW WE GOVERN

Being an elected representative requires many hours of commitment at council meetings, task forces, community consultation, civic ceremonies and public meetings. The Chief Executive is responsible for ensuring that all Council decisions comply with the Local Government Act 1993 as well as other relevant legislation.

SEPTEMBER 2012 - SEPTEMBER 2017 COUNCIL TERM

OUR COUNCILLORS

There are many ways in which you can express your opinion on the governance of The Hills Shire. Hills Shire Council is committed to serving its residents, stakeholders and council staff.

GOVERNANCE

Councilors must adhere to a Code of Conduct (published on the Council's website) to further ensure that they carry out their duties in the best interests of the Degree and the residents they represent. The Council's Legal Department (part of the Executive Services area) includes a qualified lawyer with extensive knowledge and experience.

GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORKS

The Council's risk management process and follow-up plan is based primarily on the Australian/New Zealand International Standard AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009. The Council's legal department is responsible for overseeing a range of legal matters and providing advice to the Council on legislative and regulatory compliance matters.

PART THREE OUR ORGANISATION

Prior to joining The Hills Shire Council, John was Manager, Industry Development at the Australian Industry Information Association and held management roles at Brisbane City Council and Cairns Region Economic Development Corporation. In 1998 Cameron was appointed to the post of Town Planning Co-ordinator at The Hills Shire Council.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Michael began his Local Government career in 1986 as a Health Trainee and Building Surveyor with a Bachelor of Applied Science. He has been involved in academic roles with the University of Western Sydney, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE and the University of Technology in relation to local government.

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

WORKFORCE PROFILE

In 2008 the Council employed 532 full-time staff and the average age of our workforce was 42.6 years. While we are proud of our safety record, we must continue to work hard to ensure the safety of all our employees and customers at all times. The principles of health and safety at work will be incorporated into all the council's activities to create as safe an environment as possible for staff and residents."

We are committed to health and wellness practices to increase morale and job satisfaction among staff and reduce absenteeism.

VOLUNTEER PROFILE

The Volunteer Recognition Evening featured the unveiling of the Council's expanded volunteer training programme, which offers greater opportunities, better recognition and more training for current and new volunteers. Community Transport - providing transport assistance for elderly or frail elderly people either by car or as a volunteer on the Council's Community Transport bus. The Council has delegated authority to a number of Committees to advise on a range of Council objects and reserves.

As part of National Volunteering Week, Hills Shire volunteers gathered at Council's Chambers on 12 May 2016 for an evening celebration to recognize their hard work and tireless dedication to making the Hills a great place to live.

OUR PERFORMANCE

PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP THEME 2 – VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

OUR REPORTING

PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP

THEME ONE

QUICK FACTS

Fit for the Future submission, Local Government Reform, the new volunteer programme, the Council's budget surplus and associated projects, new residents welcomed at citizenship ceremonies, new barbecues built at Heritage Park Castle Hill, HSC study centers opened in the library and extensive media and coverage of the Council's Hills Corridor strategy. PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Council's external auditors, presented its 2015-2016 financial statements to the Audit Committee and the Council reported an operating surplus of $150.7 million. • The municipality built 18.6 km of new road and 40 km of new pedestrian and cycle paths, determined 1,770 development applications and completed 319 investment projects. Phase one of power pole inspections completed. 165 playground inspections carried out to meet Australian standards.

In accordance with Section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993, the Council adopted a Code of Practice for Local Councils in New South Wales issued by the Department of Local Government in November 2015.

HOW WE PROGRESSED OUR FOUR YEAR ACTIONS

PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP

MEASURING OUR QUALITY OF LIFE PERFORMANCE

OUR STRATEGIC ACTIONS

MEASURING OUR QUALITY OF LIFE PERFORMANCE (CONTINUED)

OUR STRATEGIC ACTIONS (CONTINUED)

MEASURING OUR OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

THEME TWO

SPORTING GROUNDS

BMX riding is one of the non-traditional sports that has become hugely popular in our Shire and it is thanks to this wonderful facility. New outdoor gym equipment has been installed at Crestwood Reserve, Baulkham Hills and Harold West Reserve, Carlingford. Council buildings presenting a high risk of vandalism or burglary have been assessed and security has been increased through the use of back to base alarms, lighting and CCTV.

Work was completed to increase the capacity of the performance area at Bella Vista Farm Park for major events such as the Sydney Country Music Festival.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Council unanimously agreed to fund an extension to The Hills Men's Shed at Eric Mobbs Reserve, Castle Hill. Membership had been limited at The Hills Men's Shed due to the size of the facilities, but the extension means the books can be reopened. Balcombe Heights is being activated for community services cultural activities and will continue to do so.

Stakeholder consultation on the preparation of the Action Plan for the inclusion of disabled people will take place as the next phase.

VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

A connected and supported community with access to a range of services and facilities that contribute to health and wellbeing.

BALANCED URBAN GROWTH

THEME THREE

ASSET MANAGEMENT

The Assets team has developed customized financial reports within the system which will allow automation of infrastructure year-end reporting in the future. Apply public domain plan for: Baulkham Hills Town Center (indicative costs only, costs depend on final plan). Review of the Local Strategy pending the preparation of District Plans by the Greater Sydney Commission to set growth targets for the Shire (expected in January 2017) and resolution of priority station areas with the NSW Chief Planner.

Implement Public Domain Plan in relation to Baulkham Hills Town Center (indicative cost only, cost dependent on final plan).

BALANCED URBAN GROWTH

PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT

THEME FOUR

ART COMPETITION

Students from Beaumont Hills Public School, Dural Public School and Australian International Academy won various stages of the competition. There are opportunities for community members to volunteer at the Community Environmental Center in a variety of capacities. These assessments provide an indication of the condition of our waterways in relation to vegetation, stability, hazard and capacity to convey water.

As part of the Parramatta River Catchment Group we hope to see the fantastic work of the Green Army.

PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT

MODERN LOCAL ECONOMY

THEME FIVE

The 100 Leaders event with 90 participants and the XVenture Corporate Challenge with 180 participants from 30 companies joined the event around Norwest Business Park to showcase what we have here in the Hills.

RETAIL

RETAIL RETAIL

CIVIC EVENTS

More than 13,000 people flocked to Bella Vista Farm as part of the Hills Shire Council's Australia Day celebrations on Tuesday January 26 from 12pm to 9pm. The official proceedings of the Australia Day celebrations were a success as a large crowd gathered to witness the new citizens and the achievements of the community. The production was well attended by 193 visitors, including 56% of visitors traveling from outside the Hills Shire.

Collaboration with businesses to maximize the outcomes of the events tailored to the growth of the visitor economy.

MODERN LOCAL ECONOMY

2de Castle Hill Scouts marsjeer in die 2015 Orange Blossom Festival Parade by Castle Hill Showground.

PART FIVE - LEGISLATIVE REPORTING

  • COUNCIL’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN IMPLEMENTING THE DELIVERY PROGRAM AND THE EFFECTIVENESS
  • COUNCIL’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN IMPLEMENTING THE COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN OVER THE PREVIOUS
  • HUMAN RESOURCES ACTIVITIES S428(2)(M) (p33-37)
  • COPY OF COUNCIL’S AUDITED FINANCIAL
  • REMUNERATION PACKAGES FOR SENIOR STAFF – REGULATION CL217(1)
  • DETAILS OF OVERSEAS VISITS BY COUNCILLORS, COUNCIL STAFF OR OTHER PERSONS REPRESENTING
  • PROVISION OF EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES FOR COUNCILLORS - cl 217(1)(a1)
  • COUNCILLORS SEMINARS AND CONFERENCE EXPENSES CL217(1)(A1) (PART)
  • STORMWATER LEVIES AND CHARGES Stormwater Drainage System
  • COMPANION ANIMALS ACT AND REGULATION – GUIDELINES ON THE EXERCISE OF FUNCTIONS
  • LEGAL PROCEEDINGS – REGULATION 217(1)(A3) LAND & ENVIRONMENT COURT APPEALS 2015-16
  • SUMMARY OF RESOLUTIONS MADE UNDER SECTION 67 CONCERNING WORK CARRIED OUT ON

Insurance Brokerage Services Tender Contract Willis Australia Limited Cleaning Services Tender Contract CHS Cleaning Contractor Pty. Ltd. NATURE OF SERVICE Account Name Total paid including VAT Road construction Tender contract G P Concreting Group Pty. Ltd. Road Construction Tender Contract Burke Pipe & Civil Contractors Pty Ltd Motor Vehicles Government Contract Castle Hill Holden/Hyundai (CH Autos)-.

Tender contract Wendys Home Care Pty Limited Construction Works Tender contract Westbury Constructions Pty Ltd.

GLOBAL REPORTING INITIATIVE (GRI) CONTENT INDEX

G4.44 Processes for evaluating the highest management body's performance in managing economic, environmental and social issues. 46 G4.51 Report the remuneration policies of the highest management body and senior employees 26-27, 31 Ethics and integrity. G4.LA1 Total number and rates for new hires and employee turnover broken down by age group, gender and region.

G4.PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints about breaches of customer privacy and loss of customer data.

SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT

COMMUNITY OUTCOME

I can feel close to nature

Our natural resources are used wisely

2) Modification An application to modify a development consent is made under of the

Sydney Metro Northwest Australia's largest public transport infrastructure project and will be Australia's first fully automated metro rail system. Urban Activation Precinct A NSW State Government program, Urban Activation Precincts aims to provide more housing in places with access to infrastructure, transport, services and jobs by concentrating development around public transport hubs.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

INDEX

FEEDBACK INVITED

FURTHER READING

WHERE TO GET A COPY

THE HILLS SHIRE LIBRARY SERVICE Baulkham Hills Library

Castle Hill Library

Dural Library

Vinegar Hill Memorial Library

CONTACT US

THE HILLS SHIRE COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT

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