Blacktown Council chamber chatter

*The fight to rescue Mount Druitt pool (pictured) isn’t over yet.

Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bali called for the pool to be included in the 2014-15 budgetary estimates at last week’s meeting.

The council has began discussions with UWS in December, which will investigate the feasibility of reopening the pool for the 2014-15 summer.

It’s expected to be several months before UWS reports back to the council.

The pool remained closed this summer as it was deemed unviable.

‘‘Schools have cancelled  their annual swimming carnivals and in some cases, two schools have hosted carnivals at the same venue on the same day,’’ Councillor Bali said.

‘‘If it’s not viable to reopen the pool, we’ll have excessive funds for alternative purposes.’’

*Volunteers will get their hand dirty at sites across Blacktown City on Clean Up Australia this Sunday (March 2)

The council urges businesses, schools and residents to register sites for the annual event and make a difference to their neighbourhood by reducing litter and improving the environment.

Volunteers need to bring gloves, hat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Council will provide equipment and arrange the collection of rubbish. 

Bags and gloves are provided to schools that register to take part in the Schools Clean Up Australia Day this Friday.

The council will host a thank you barbecue for Clean Up Australia Day volunteers this Sunday, 11.30am-1.30pm at Nurragingy Reserve.

Details: 1800282329 or go to cleanupaustraliaday.org.au to register a local park, waterway, bushland or street that needs to be cleaned up.

*Nominations for Blacktown City’s 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year are now open.

The annual award is a great opportunity for the local community to recognise the achievements and contributions our seniors make to Blacktown City.

Nominations are open for those people who live in the Blacktown City LGA, aged over 50 and have have given voluntary commitment to senior citizens for at least a 12 month period. 

Last year’s Blacktown Senior Citizen of the Year was Mount Druitt Senior Citizens Welfare Association volunteer Dorothy Knight.

Nominations close March 10.

The award is part of Blacktown City’s jam-packed program of Seniors Week celebrations to be held March 15 -23.

The Senior Citizen of the Year will be announced at the seniors luncheon and concert event on March 23 from noon at Blacktown’s Bowman Hall. 

Call 98396000 for seniors luncheon tickets and award nomination forms.

* Blacktown Council will conduct a safety audit of Bill Colbourne Reserve following the recent alleged rape of a teenage girl in the Doonside reserve.

The audit will include a meeting with residents, police and council officers.

Ward four councillor Stephen Bali urged the council to consider holding a community barbecue and reinvigorate a park committee for the reserve, which is know for anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Bali received a phone call hours before last week’s council meeting from a resident complaining about firecrackers going off in the park in the early evening.

The council will also undertake a safety and lighting audit of all reserves to ascertain whether they require additional security.

*Blacktown Council staff are working hard on many projects in your neighbourhood.

Road rejuvenation works are now completed in Rooty Hill, Minchinbury, Plumpton and Oakhurst.

Landscape works are about to start in several Ropes Crossing streets.

Rembellishment works at the Blackett shop precinct are scheduled to commence.

Construction of a cycleway at Bungarribee Creek Reserve continues. The project extends between Doonside and Holbeche Roads, and includes a bridge over Bungarribee Creek.

Road reconstruction of Solo Place in Shalvey and Captain Cook Drive between Palmyra Avenue and Captain Cook Drive  in Willmot continues.

*Blacktown Council will contribute $3000 each to Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency and SydWest Multicultural Services to hold Harmony Day and Refugee Week events.

Each organisation will hold Harmony Day event on March 21 and a Refugee Week event in June.

More than 40 agencies and organisations and 2500 people participated in Harmony Day and Refugee week celebrations across Blacktown City last year.

These events are developed by working parties convened by Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency and SydWest Multicultural Services.

The funding will be used to fund and support catering and comes from the council’s community development unit operational budget

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