1 February 2018

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Council launched the Care Factor Survey www.placescore.org/hawkesbury in December 2017 to gather important research to help with to town centre revitalisation. The survey remains open until Wednesday, 7 February 2018 so please remember to share your priorities about what really makes a town centre great for you.

    We want to understand what is most important to you so we can prioritise investment that makes a difference. To do this we have partnered with PlaceScore, which, through its software and services, provides tools that improve engagement, transparency and measure the impact of investment.

    The Town Centre Care Factor survey www.placescore.org/hawkesbury that we asking residents, businesses and visitors to complete is like a ‘place census’ providing us with the data we need to make better decisions.

    We are now commencing the second stage of our research process; which will be Place Experience Assessments with local community members in 11 locations across the Hawkesbury. Your personal experience helps us to identify how a place is performing.

    Once we have the Care Factor and the assessments completed, we will be able to prioritise improvements in our centres based on solid research. This is exciting work and we are really looking forward to gaining invaluable insights into your priorities and your experiences.
  • For the first time ever, we celebrated Australia Day on the Hawkesbury with our Citizenship Ceremony, our Australia day Awards and our special community event which started in the afternoon and finished at 9pm with a magnificent fireworks display, thanks to our sponsors Windsor RSL, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, Hawkesbury Race Club, RAAF Base Richmond, Richmond Club and The Hawkesbury Gazette.

    The entire day was truly magnificent - many aspects of it were so fresh and new, and our community gratefully embraced the opportunity to enjoy a local Australia Day celebration.

    I am amazed at the attention to detail in the organisation of all the events - from the beautiful flowers for the ceremonies to the logistical organisation for vehicles, the layout of the area, the activities provided for families and the variety of experiences for a diverse array of people.

    What an incredible Australia Day we all had, with our own Hawkesbury flavour - including the huge variety of food truck that represented a United Nations of culinary experiences.  Thank you to everyone for coming and being such a wonderful crowd of Hawkesbury people. I think we are all proud to be in the Hawkesbury.

Mayoral Column

What a wonderful Australia Day we had, on the banks of the Hawkesbury! Our premiere event, ‘Australia Day on the Hawkesbury’ at Governor Phillip Park, saw families enjoy free family entertainment and a fireworks finale, proudly sponsored by Windsor RSL, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, Hawkesbury Race Club, Richmond Club and The Hawkesbury Gazette.

We welcomed 20 new citizens at our special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and we also held our Hawkesbury Australia Day Awards with Jan Fran as our Australia Day Ambassador.

Our 2018 Citizen of the Year is Peter Webb, a member of the Western Sydney Suicide Prevention Network, who has recently started coordinating the newly formed Hawkesbury Group. He is responsible for several local ‘RUOK Day’ campaigns, and helped establish a local ‘Surviving Suicide Support Group’. Our 2018 Young Citizen of the Year is Adam Higgins, a resident of Blaxland’s Ridge and Rural Fire Service Cadet Program participant at Colo High School. He was Senior Deputy Cadet in 2016 and completed his Junior Basic Fire Fighting course with the local brigade in 2017.

Hawkesbury Camera Club received the Hawkesbury Community Arts Award and the 2018 Commemorative Plaque was unveiled for Sister Julia Bligh Johnston R.R.C. The Hawkesbury Cultural Heritage Award went to St Matthew’s Bicentennial Team and the 2018 Community Organisation of the Year is The Blue Datto Foundation.

Our 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Jodie Amor - Founder of the Pink Finss Charity for women and families dealing with cancer. Our Hawkesbury Local Hero is Peter Ross, who rescued a young girl from the Hawkesbury River at North Richmond. Our joint winners for the Hawkesbury Environmental Award are Jacki-Lyn Griffiths (WIRES) and Lily Spies (Windsor Public School).

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