Mobile forum heads to Riverstone

Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali.

New suburbs in the North West growth area and road planning will be leading discussion points at Blacktown City Council’s next community forum in Riverstone.

In a series of forums – travelling across our city - residents will have a chance to be included in open discussions with councillors and council staff about issues relevant to them.

Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali said that due to wide public interest in the community forums Council has moved the forum on Monday, 8 May to a larger capacity venue. 

“It is very encouraging to see the growing community interest in the monthly forums that Blacktown City Council runs.”

At this forum, at Riverstone Senior Citizens’ Hall, residents will hear about a proposal to name 11 new suburbs in the North West Growth Centre, and will have the opportunity to make a submission on the names.

This proposal is currently on exhibition and is open for comment before a final decision is made. 

“This proposal would result in a total of 19 suburbs across the Growth Centre, accommodating a population of over 150,000 people,” Mr Bali said.

“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 with minor boundary variations.”

This forum gives residents in Ward 1 a chance to engage with Mayor Stephan Bali, Ward Councillors Jess Diaz, Chris Quilkey and Dr Mohinder Singh.

This is also an opportunity for residents to engage with Council staff and seek answers to questions about issues they want to raise.

Council’s message to all residents is: “Be involved, be informed and be heard”.

Blacktown City Council started the community forums last year to engage with all of its residents and will be hosting the Forums on a monthly basis across the different Wards.

This means residents from a wide geographical area will have a chance to have their voices heard by Councillors and Council officers.

“This is an important part of Council’s face-to-face engagement with residents, and I encourage residents to take advantage of them. Come and meet with us and tell us what you think about Council’s work, feel about things in your area and want to see Council do.”

Visit the Community Forum page on Council’s website for a full list of the community Forums, regular updates, and how you can engage with Council.

Forum details:  Monday, 8 May, 7pm at the Riverstone Senior Citizens’ Hall, Sam Lane Complex, 9 -21 Park Street, Riverstone.