Blacktown Council chatter

MENTION light-emitting diode (LED) lighting to Blacktown councillor Jacqueline Donaldson and she shines.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils treasurer is excited that parts of Blacktown will soon be installed with low-emission LED lights.

WSROC has secured funding for its Light Years Ahead - The Western Sydney Street-Lighting program which had been approved by the previous federal government.

The government will contribute $5.3 million with a co-contribution of $2.6 million by western Sydney councils.

The project will replace 13,300 high-emission mercury vapour street lights across 10 western Sydney councils with low-emission LED lights.

It's estimated the project will reduce CO2 emissions by 69,000 tonnes.

Locations are yet to be decided but Cr Donaldson hopes ward five will be included.

"When you drive through parts of Willmot and Shalvey at night, it's very dark because there are only lights on one side of the road."

IN OTHER COUNCIL NEWS:

LOVE was in the air in the Blacktown CBD last Thursday.

Makenzie Lane became the ‘‘Love Lane’’ in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.

Perspex love hearts hanging from the roof were handed out to passers-by during lunchtime and were serenaded by musician Chris Duff.

Love Lane was the brainchild of artist Joanne Saad.

The artworks will adorn the laneways for up to six months.

Nominate Blacktown City's next Senior Citizen of the Year

Nominations are open for Blacktown City's 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year. The award is part of our city's Seniors Week celebrations, held between March 15 and 23, 2014, and is an opportunity for the community to recognise the achievements and contributions our seniors make to Blacktown City.

Nominations are open for people who live in the Blacktown local government area, aged over 50, who have given voluntary commitment to senior citizens for at least a 12-month period.

The 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year will be announced at the council's seniors luncheon and concert event on Sunday, March 23 in Bowman Hall.

Buy tickets by calling 9839 6000.

Council will also host numerous Seniors Week activities in its facilities including computer classes, Grey Medallion courses, a basic CPR course, a Personal Safety in Public Places workshop and a singing workshop. A complete program will be available tomorrow, Wednesday.

Details: Council's information centre (62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown), website (www.blacktown.nsw.au) or by calling 9839 6000.

Buried treasure hunt

Blacktown Council invites residents to go on a free tour of some local op shops and charity stores this Saturday, February 22, 8.45am to 2.30pm.

‘‘Participants can pick up a bargain and learn about being a sustainable consumer,’’ a council spokeswoman said.

The tour includes tips from a stylist about how to pick and mix retro and vintage wear. Bookings essential: 9839 6000.

Riverstone Branch Library and Digital Hub is offering a free course about shopping online same day, 10am to 11.30am. Includes tips on online safety and using PayPal.

Bookings also essential: 9627 3823.

Design The Burbs promo material

Young designers from Blacktown City have until tomorrow, Wednesday, to try their hand at designing the artwork for Blacktown Council’s Youth Week celebrations, called The BURBS.

The winning artwork could feature on all The BURBS promotional material and be seen by thousands.

Entry is open to people aged 12 to 25, living in Blacktown City.

Details: www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/People_and_Community/

Possible laneway closure

Blacktown Council wants to close a Glendenning laneway, citing complaints about graffiti, theft and throwing of rocks and glass bottles.

The laneway connects Bonzer Place with Azzopardi Avenue and will lodge an application to the Crowns Lands Division of Department of Trade and Investment.

The council sent surveys to 42 properties close to the laneway and eight households  supported the closure and  four were against.

Those against the closure argued the laneway was frequently used and provided convenient access to the bus stop and local primary school.

The council has also called for a laneway closure between Fenchurch Street and Lombard Place in Prospect.

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Local road projects

Reconstruction of Angus Creek, Willis Street, Rooty Hill, continues.

Road reconstruction of Solo Place, Shalvey,  continues.

Reconstruction of road pavement at Captain Cook Drive (between Palmyra Avenue and Captain Cook Drive) in Willmot continues.

Swans v West Coast Eagles

Blacktown  will host AFL clubs Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles in a pre-season NAB Challenge match next week.

The two teams will do battle  at Blacktown International Park, Rooty Hill, on Thursday (February 27) from 7.10pm.

Both teams are familiar with the ground.

This is the fourth time since 2010 the Swans have played preseason matches there while the Eagles were part of the first AFL premiership game at the ground against GWS Giants in 2012.

A free bus will run to and from Doonside station and the ground from 5.30pm.

The last bus will leave the ground at 10pm.

Tickets are $28 adults for reserved seating or $18 for general admission.

Ages 6-14 cost $4 admission or $9 reserved seating.

Under-6s general admission is free.

Limited parking is available for $10.

Details: ticketmaster.com.au

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