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Bendigo Bank gifts $5,000 to The Centre Playtime Groups at Dural

Lyndall Murrey As the heat of Summer approaches, the kids at The Centre Playtime groups are rejoicing for their new shade sail! Thursday and Friday mornings are a busy time at The Centre with up to 40 kids meeting in the Activity Centre to play, sing songs and make craft while the parents enjoy a cuppa and a chat. The Playtime groups are fortunate to have a wonderful indoor and outdoor area, complete with sandpit, bike track, cubby house, play equipment and even a flying fox. However, the play equipment and swings can be very hot on sunny days. Through a wonderful partnership with the local Bendigo Bank at Galston, a grant of $5,000 was gifted to the Playtime group to [...]

By | 2018-02-12T13:35:18+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Bendigo Bank gifts $5,000 to The Centre Playtime Groups at Dural

Dural Rotary Australia Day Community Awards

On the evening of Tuesday 30th January, Dural Rotary Club held their Annual Australia Day Awards night. The awards night was well attended by members of Dural Rotary and other local dignitaries. This year’s Dural Rotary Club Australia Day Community Service Award was presented to Clarrie Nolland for his continuous ‘service above self’ to both the Dural Rotary Club and the community at large. Clarrie has been a member of Dural Rotary since 1973. His wife Julia and extended family were in attendance at the meeting to celebrate him receiving this award. The award was presented by local State MP, Matt Kean, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. Matt gave a glowing speech on Clarrie’s achievements. Matt also gave thanks to [...]

By | 2018-02-12T13:33:50+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Dural Rotary Australia Day Community Awards

The Hills Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Award Winners Announced

A young man who has a passion for improving youth mental health, a dedicated Bella Vista Farm volunteer, a resident raising funds to find a cure for cancer and a netball club empowering young women to do their best on and off the court, have all been recognised at The Hills Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Awards on Friday, January 26. Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said the awards recognised personal achievements that go beyond the ordinary. “On behalf of the people of The Hills Shire, I say thank you, congratulations and the very best of luck to each and every one of our finalists in the 2018 Hills Shire Australian Day Awards.” This year’s Australia Day Award winners [...]

By | 2018-02-12T13:29:45+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Hills Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Award Winners Announced

Local Wildlife Warrior Saving Our Oceans… One Wave at a Time

Clear tides is a non for profit organisation that was established by Jessica Brading late last year. Jess is a local Kenthurst resident, graduating from Cherrybrook technology high school in 2012 and is currently in the final year of her marine Biology Degree. Clear Tides is dedicated to educating society on how to reduce human impact on our environment, as well as advocating for habitat protection and the restoration of ocean abundance to conserve our beautiful marine ecosystem. Overall she aims to spread love and respect for the ocean and the environment, to encourage global conservation and protection of this beautiful part of our world! Follow clear tides on: Facebook: clear Instagram: clear.tides Website: To see how you can [...]

By | 2018-02-12T13:39:49+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Local Wildlife Warrior Saving Our Oceans… One Wave at a Time

Bromeliad Society Of Australia

The Bromeliad Society of Australia will hold their next meeting at the Federation Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground on Saturday, 10 February with plant sales commencing at 11am prior to the meeting. Access is via the new Showground entrance off Showground Road into Doran Drive, Castle Hill with plenty of parking on site. “Guest speaker, Werner Raff a long-time experienced bromeliad and succulent grower will provide information on growing bromeliads for the home gardener, planting in full sun or shade, how to fertilize, when to remove the pups from the mother plant, how to mount bromeliads on timber for display purposes and choosing the most suitable variety for your garden. Werner’s talks are specifically put together to assist those who are new [...]

By | 2018-02-12T13:38:31+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Gardening, News|Comments Off on Bromeliad Society Of Australia

Outstanding HSC Results!

Galston High School congratulates Year 12 for their remarkable results in the 2017 HSC. We are immensely proud of the achievements of each and every Year 12 student and wish them all well in their future endeavours. A few of the 2017 HSC highlights include: • DUX - Bo Reynolds ATAR 96.3 • Kianna Munro named on the All Rounders List gaining a Band 6 in at least 10 units. • Chloe Skewes-Weir achieved a perfect score in English Extension 2 ranking her amongst the top 20 students in the state. • In the Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 English courses Galston High ranked 11th in the state and is the top performing non-selective comprehensive, coeducational high school. • 13 [...]

By | 2018-02-12T13:23:17+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Outstanding HSC Results!

Join Us For Drinks on the Village Green

With the Christmas Season nearly upon us, we would like to invite all residents to support our local retail centres and businesses as much as possible this Christmas. From walking around the centres over the past few days I have been amazed at what’s on offer and at very reasonable prices. With the opening of North and Co Menswear we now have a complete selection of ladies and mens clothing and shoes, together with lots of gift ideas, food and catering options. Make their Christmas a successful one, but patronising their stores. The Dural and Round Corner Chamber of Commerce has finished the year on a high note. We now have 40 local business members. We hope to spend the first [...]

By | 2017-12-05T14:50:06+00:00 December 5th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Join Us For Drinks on the Village Green

Charlotte Allison-Bruce – Miss Intercontinental Australia 2017

Charlotte Allison-Bruce – Miss Intercontinental Australia 2017 Charlotte Allison-Bruce Charlotte 24, is a Kenthurst resident and former Northholm Grammar student. Since completing a Bachelor of Design in Fashion she has been working on the launch of her business; two fashion labels, a luxury women’s wear label and an equestrian clothing label. 11 years ago Charlotte moved with her family to acreage in Kenthurst so that they could house show horses and further her riding career. Charlotte has been showing horses for 16 years and recently won SHC Adult Rider of the Year in the 21-30 years category. In August Charlotte competed in the Miss Intercontinental Australia National finals which were held on the Gold Coast. An elated Charlotte considers herself fortunate [...]

By | 2017-12-05T14:45:05+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Charity and The Arts|Comments Off on Charlotte Allison-Bruce – Miss Intercontinental Australia 2017

Heading for the Stars! Abhay Mahajan

In his seventeen short years, this Hills student has developed an attitude that is going to take him places! After growing up in Punjab, India, then moving to the United Arab Emirates, Abhay has experienced lots of lifestyles. He saw first-hand the intense poverty on the streets and need for charity and action to help those who live without the things we take for granted. Now a student in Australia, he feels “even a small action can make a difference”. As an example he cites his need to just get a rubbish bag and pick up litter in his own school playground. An unusually bold act from a generation so peer driven – he doesn’t need to run with the crowd. [...]

By | 2017-12-05T14:51:41+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Charity and The Arts, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Heading for the Stars! Abhay Mahajan

Zonta White Ribbon Dinner Dural

Bev Jordan Simone O’Brien nearly died in her own home when the man she ended a relationship with beat her with a baseball bat. On Monday night (November 20) the mother-of-three told her chilling story at the Zonta says No to Violence dinner held at the Madison Function Centre Dural. Simone lost an eye in the horror attack and has had more than 50 operations to piece her skull back together with titanium plates. She says she talks to groups about what happened to her in the hope that it will teach people the warning signs and end the violence. “I don’t want this to happen to my children or grandchildren,” she told guests. “I thought I was going to die [...]

By | 2017-12-05T13:41:23+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Zonta White Ribbon Dinner Dural