The most recent Blacktown City Council Have Your Say forum – staged at Oakhurst attracted some 80 residents and ratepayers.
“The continuing strong attendance shows there is a hunger in the community to be informed and discuss matters directly with Councillors and council staff,” the Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali said.
“We got both praise and criticism, but in all cases, there was a real sense from those who attended that they were pleased council is out there talking to the community,” he said.
Council provided information on upgrades to community open spaces in the area including the $5 million allocation for upgrades to Popondetta Park in Emerton and the recent upgrades on Whalan Reserve in Whalan.
“Construction on a $1.8 million amenities block at Whalan Reserve has just been completed,” Mayor Bali said.
“The block is suitable for larger regional events, which is great for the city of Blacktown and it was a good opportunity to let the locals know what’s being provided in the neighbourhood.
“It will service activities that run across eight fields for numerous Council partners including NSW Rugby League and the National Rugby League,” Mayor Bali said.
Several residents thanked Council for giving them the opportunity to be heard and be involved with Councillors and Council officers.
Residents also heard about the wide range of services offered by Council’s library program ranging from the digital library services to the mobile library services for people who have difficulty to get out of the home.
“I am pleased to see an increasing number of people coming out at each of our forums to meet with us and discuss issues they want to raise,” Mayor Bali said.
“Our whole city is changing, and being informed about everything that is happening is important for our growing community.”
“I encourage people to attend their local forums as they are staged, so they can be informed and involved in what’s happening in their neighbourhoods,” Mayor Bali said.
Council’s next monthly community forum is at 7pm on Wednesday, 12July at the Rooty Hill School of Arts, 32 Rooty Hill Road South, Rooty Hill.
Rooty Hill – 7pm, Wednesday 12 July, at the Rooty Hill School of Arts, 32 Rooty Hill Road South, Rooty Hill.