Saturday, 18 January 2020 Sydney

Sydney Hills Is Booming - Hills Shire Mayor Clr Andrew Jefferies ::

It’s an exciting time to be the Mayor of The Hills Shire Council; an area with a growing population, a booming economy and with game-changing public transport infrastructure on the way.


The Sydney Hills is one of the fastest-growing areas in Australia. It is an aspirational area where people strive to live and raise a family. It’s an area where lawyers, accountants and doctors can both live and work. Plumbers, builders and electricians are never short of jobs and there’s a vibrant and expanding retail and dining sector driven by a growing visitor economy.


We have a booming commercial centre in Norwest Business Park which is home to multinational corporations and a hub for financial and professional services. It is set to be further connected to major commercial centres like Macquarie Park, Chatswood, North Sydney and the Sydney CBD by the North West Rail Link. The $8 billion project will not only link our residents with jobs throughout Sydney, but it will also open Norwest to hundreds of thousands of potential customers and workers.


The Sydney Hills is also home to booming property values, with suburbs like Bella Vista, Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills each taking a spot in the top five fastest growing house values in Sydney.


What makes the Sydney Hills so special?


The Sydney Hills sits in a unique geographical position on Sydney’s North West fringe. It is positioned along the Global Economic Corridor that encompasses Sydney’s CBD, North Sydney, Macquarie Park and Norwest Business Park. It also part of the third largest economy in Australia – Greater Western Sydney.


The Hills LGA contributes $8.353 billion to Greater Western Sydney’s $95 billion gross regional product.


The most appealing thing about investing in the Sydney Hills is the enormous potential for growth.


With more than 100,000 additional residents expected over the next two decades and with more than 46,000 jobs to be created – the Sydney Hills is well and truly open for business.


One of the major focuses throughout my term as Mayor is growing the visitor economy. With a background in the tourism sector, I understand the importance and value in having a strong and vibrant local visitor economy that creates jobs and boosts confidence in our region .


We’ve just concluded our Summer Series of Events, which included the Sydney Country Music Festival, The Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show, the Shakespeare in the Park series, the International Sand Sculpting Exhibition and finished with our Australia Day celebrations.


These events attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the Sydney Hills, most of them to Bella Vista Farm Park. What was once a dilapidated heritage property on farmland is now our premier events venue, capable of hosting events for a few dozen, a few hundred or for 15,000 people.


We are also looking at how we can best utilise one of our other valuable assets, the Castle Hill Showground.


With increased residential densities adjacent to the Showground and a railway station, Council has an enormous opportunity to study how we can best utilise this fantastic facility and attract more of our residents and visitors to use it.


Things are looking very bright for the Sydney Hills and with the North West Rail Link and other local infrastructure on the way, along with residential and employment growth, I encourage your business to invest in the Sydney Hills.