Discover Hunters Hill was founded:
to support local businesses, communities and services, maintain our independent Municipality, and preserve the distinctive charm of the area. (If we do say so ourselves!)
We do this by:
- Providing relevant information to everyone
- Supporting local events
- Encouraging use of local facilities and services, by local businesses, bodies and organisations
- Expanding the provision of facilities and services for the community’s benefit
- Promoting our natural and cultural heritage
- Preserving the village atmosphere
- Increasing our sense of belonging to the Municipality and to each other
- Working closely with other local organisations
- Pursuing functions consistent with our aims
Hunter’s Hill is Australia’s oldest garden suburb and a place of national heritage significance. It has a fascinating history. When proclaimed a borough in 1861 it was already known as the ‘French Village’. The many early stone houses and buildings are still set in leafy gardens and streets and are close to enchanting bushland areas, including Kelly’s Bush and Boronia Park. The area is renowned for its village atmosphere and the sense of belonging shared by the community.
Discover Hunters Hill (DHH) is celebrating 15 years of ongoing discovery in the Hunters Hill Municipality and we’d love you to join us. Since 2005 DHH has been the most comprehensive “one stop information shop” for local matters, promoting local with:
- an extensive free business and community group directory
- business networking opportunities
- a close working relationship with Hunters Hill Council
- free community announcements
- an up-to-date “what’s on” events and activities calendar
- local news and matters
- history and conversations around our heritage and community
- support and planning for local events
Discover Hunters Hill is managed by a committee made up of business and community members who represent the five(?) precincts of the Hunters Hill Municipality:
- Boronia Park
- Hunters Hill Overpass
- Hunters Hill and Woolwich Peninsula
As a non-profit community organisation, DHH uses funds raised through memberships and advertising to maintain our business directory and build our online presence, subsidise local business promotions and broader marketing. We have several promotional packages to choose from, all representing outstanding value and excellent local community reach.
The many community groups, always welcoming to new members, embrace diverse interests – history, heritage, theatre, music, arts, sports, seniors, youth and the environment to name a few.
A wide variety of shops and businesses, including restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs and specialty shops, can be found in the village areas of Hunter’s Hill, Woolwich and Boronia Park, or in the major shopping district at Gladesville. Transport on the harbour by ferry is a real delight.
The 2019 Committee
Discover Hunters Hill is a not-for-profit association of community and business groups in Sydney, Australia including: Hunters Hill, Gladesville, Boronia Park, Henley, Huntley’s Cove,Huntley’s Point and Woolwich.
Chair: Adele Westlake
Deputy Chair: Vacant
Treasurer: Matt MacFarlane
Secretary: Matthew Ward
Dean Letcher (Public Officer)
Coordinator – Vacant
The committee of this Incorporated Association, subject to the Act, the Regulation and the Constitution and to any resolution passed by the Association in general meeting:
(a) Is to control and manage the affairs of the Association, and
(b) May exercise all such functions as may be exercised by the
Association, other than those functions that are required by this
Constitution to be exercised by a general meeting of members of the
(c) May exercise all the powers of the Association including the power to
perform all such acts and do all such things as appear to the committee
to be necessary or desirable for the proper management of the affairs
of the Association.
The office bearers of the Association are to be the:
(b) Deputy Chair,
(c) Treasurer, and
(d) Hon Secretary.
The aims of the association are to preserve the unique character of the Hunters Hill area, to maintain its independence as a Municipality and to ensure the viability of its local businesses, professionals and services.
DHH’s aims are to:
(a) Preserve and protect the unique character of Hunters Hill, and
(b) Maintain its independence as a Municipality, and
(c) Ensure the viability of its local businesses, professionals and services, and
(d) Do all things which the committee considers are in furtherance of, or are necessary to achieve, the above aims.
DHH’s functions are to:
(a) Provide information relevant to Hunters Hill to the local and wider community, and for visitors,
(b) Support the activities and events of community groups,
(c) Encourage community and visitor use of the facilities and services provided by local businesses, and other bodies and organisations,
(d) Seek the provision of needed facilities and services that benefit the community and visitors,
(e) Promote a greater awareness and recognition of the natural, cultural, heritage and community values of Hunters Hill,
(f) Preserve and enhance the village atmosphere of Hunters Hill,
(g) Enhance the community spirit and sense of belonging that exists within the Municipality,
(h) Identify and promote places and events of interest to the community and visitors,
(i) Endeavour to work closely with other associations, bodies and organisations in furtherance of the aims of the Association, and
(j) Pursue such other functions that are consistent with the aims of the Association
A full copy of our Constitution is available on request (click link below to make a request).
OUR Local HISTORY
The Municipality of Hunters Hill is rich in cultural and historical significance.
The Wallumedegal tribe (named derived from the snapper fish) are the original inhabitants of the land. The area is known as Moocooboola, meaning meeting of waters.
European settlers arrive and begin farming. Hunters Hill is too far from Sydney Town to be desirable. Land is cheap as it is rough for horses and carts, and can only be reached by water.
Sudden growth occurs as Italian stonemasons construct mansions from locally quarried sandstone. French brothers Jules and Didier Joubert dominate Hunters Hill with their entrepreneurial flair for subdivision – establishing beautiful villas and private ferry transport.
The Municipality of Hunters Hill is formed. Jules Joubert becomes the first chairman of the council in Hunters Hill.
1880s – Early 1900s
The population continues to expand. Spurred by subdivision, a regular ferry service and several bridges – Gladesville Bridge, the Iron Cove Bridge, and Figtree Bridge – pop up. Hunters Hill becomes a more preferable place to reside.
1950s – 1970s
Significant development is met with resistance from residents protecting open spaces. Monica and the ‘Battlers’ bring about the world’s first green ban – proving a small group of people who care can change the world.
The Garibaldi Hotel – Hunters Hill’s first licenced hotel – is almost lost. Local protests halt the development, and a conservation order is placed on the building.
Discover Hunters Hill is founded by locals eager to ensure a thriving, connected Municipality.
Our Municipality population stands at approximately 14,716 people.