Hunters Hill is Australia’s oldest garden suburban area and one of the nation’s most significant heritage places and municipalities.
Positioned on a peninsular between the Lanecove and Parramatta Rivers, it was settled early in the colonial era, and rapidly developed it’s own unique character, consisting of large locally quarried sandstone villas, churches and manors, and small sandstone and timber workers cottages, set in a green garden / bush land setting with rivers either side.
Proclaimed a municipality 1861, it has remained an independent and vibrant municipality ever since, focused on heritage and conservation. Hunters Hill Municipality recently celebrated its Sesquicentenary.
Hunters Hill Municipality contains more heritage buildings and places per head of population than any other local government area in the nation.
CONSTANTLY UNDER THREAT – BUT PROTECTED BY A VIGILANT COMMUNITY, the preservation of Hunters Hill relies heavily on it remaining an INDEPENDENT local MUNICIPALITY.
Hunters Hill is constantly under threat from the pressures of overdevelopment and / or the impacts of unwelcome take-over bids / forced amalgamation with neighbouring councils. This has bred a vigilant and passionate local community with a deep sense of belonging, a tradition of grass-roots democracy, and commitment to the conservation and preservation of the Municipality.
Well known battles have been fought (and won) over the preservation of Kellys Bush in the 1970’s , and to prevent a forced amalgamation with Ryde Council in 2003. (Find a record of these battles here).
The Save Hunters Hill Municipality Co-alition, was formed in 2003 and played a key role in averting the threat of amalgamation with Ryde Council
THE NEW THREAT – THE NSW GOVERNMENTS “FIT FOR THE FUTURE” MEGA-COUNCIL AMALGAMATION AGENDA
Recognising the threat posed to Hunters Hill Municipality by the NSW Governments mega-amalamtion agenda – The Save Hunters Hill Municipality Co-alition was re-convened early this year, by co-founders Ross Williams (former Mayor Hunters Hill) and Phil Jenkyn AO.
A full summary and position statement can be found at the link below:
SHHMC – “The Battle to Save Hunters Hill is on Again”
SHHMC is a community action group that will work with relevant groups and parties including Council to ensure that our local governance continues and that our history is valued and our heritage properly protected.
For more information about SHHMC click HERE:
Find out more about our CURRENT CAMPAIGN here
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