Saturday, 20 May 2017

Blacktown City Council Media Release - Riverstone Has Another Say


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                           Riverstone Has Another Say

Blacktown City Council is staging a second community forum in Riverstone on Thursday 1 June so the residents and ratepayers who missed out last week can have their say.
The second forum will be held at the 300-seat capacity Jack Lang Auditorium at Riverstone High School at 7pm.
“Council’s monthly Have Your Say forums are proving to be increasingly popular and the turnout at the first Riverstone forum exceeded all expectations,” the Mayor of Blacktown City, Stephen Bali said.
More than 150 people had to be turned away from the previous forum, held on Monday 8 May at the Riverstone Senior Citizen’s Centre when it reached its legal capacity.
Blacktown City Council General Manager Kerry Robinson said: “Thanks to everyone who attended the previous forum and for their understanding that we needed to make a decision for everyone’s safety.
“We look forward to seeing you at the forum on Thursday 1 June.”
The issue of suburb names in the area was strongly discussed, and as a result of the feedback the exhibition period for the suburb name changes has been extended by two months to 31 August, 2017.
“The second forum will be a repeat performance,” Mayor Bali said.
“At the previous Riverstone forum I promised to run the whole program again so people can have their voices heard.
“So we are coming back to make sure we hear you.
“Changes to peoples’ neighbourhoods’ have a big impact on their lives, and as a Council we do not have the power to change everything, but we want to hear your concerns and work with the community to help you through this transition,” Mayor Bali said.
At the second forum, residents will again hear about the proposal to name the 11 new suburbs in the North West Growth Centre, and have the opportunity to make a submission on the names.
Mayor Bali said: “This proposal would result in a total of 18 suburbs across the Growth Centre, representing a population of over 150,000 people.
“The new suburbs will be created alongside the existing suburbs of Colebee, Marsden Park, Schofields, Shanes Park, Riverstone, Rouse Hill and Vineyard, which are proposed to be retained.
This forum gives residents in Ward 1 a chance to engage with Mayor Stephen Bali, Ward Councillors Jess Diaz, Chris Quilkey and Dr Moninder Singh.
Council’s message to all residents is: “Be involved, be informed and be heard”.
Council is running two Have Your Say forums in June:  the repeat Riverstone forum and the scheduled Ward 5 form at Oakhurst Neighbourhood Centre, 51 Standish Avenue, Oakhurst on Wednesday, 14 June starting at 7pm.
Forum details
Riverstone – 7pm, Thursday 1 June, at the Riverstone High School, 71 McCulloch Street, Riverstone.
Oakhurst – 7pm, Wednesday 14 June at the Oakhurst Neighbourhood Centre, 51 Standish Avenue, Oakhurst .

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