1 June 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Hawkesbury Sports Awards which were announced at a special Presentation Night at Lynwood Country Club on Monday, 29 May. I was happy to see so many of our Hawkesbury community members at this event to show their support for our local sports heroes.
    Nominated sports ranged from swimming, karate, soccer, netball, athletics, water ski racing, and even slalom kayaking. For details of all the winners, please visit Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au and see local media.
    My special thanks to Lynwood Country Club and Vintage FM for joining Hawkesbury City Council as sponsors of the annual Hawkesbury Sports Awards. The awards are a wonderful way to acknowledge the sporting accomplishments of our individual sportspeople, sporting clubs and their support people.
  • Registrations are now open for primary school students to enter the Waste 2 Art Competition. Registrations close on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 11:59pm. Artworks need to be submitted by Tuesday, 25 July 2017.
    I think one of the best aspects of Council’s Waste 2 Art Competition is that it focuses on the REUSE part of the 3Rs of the waste hierarchy: reuse, reduce, recycle. It is always a surprise to see how students can give waste a new purpose by transforming it into a creative artwork. Students will be judged as per Stages 1, 2 and 3, with prizes including art supply gift vouchers and art hampers.
    An online registration form with all the guidelines for artwork and conditions of entry is available at https://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/media/forms/waste-2-art-competition
    For more information on the Waste 2 Art Competition and exhibition, please visit Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or contact Council’s Waste Education Officer on 4560 4566 or justin.murphy@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au.
  • I want to give you early notice for the 2017 Rex Stubbs OAM History Symposium, which will be held on Saturday, 9 September from 9:30am to 4:30pm in the Tebbutt Room, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George St, Windsor. Hawkesbury residents and members of local history and heritage groups are invited to attend the free symposium, which will provide the opportunity for liked minded individuals and groups to broaden their knowledge of trends in local and family history including talks on digitisation, as well as how social media is being used to promote history collections and other exciting heritage projects.
    Emeritus Mayor, Dr Rex Stubbs OAM had an abiding and passionate interest in art, history and culture. He was a member of Hawkesbury Historical Society for nearly 30 years and, in 2001, he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to local government and the Hawkesbury community. He was also awarded the honorary title of Emeritus Mayor in 2008 in recognition of his 10 terms as Mayor of Hawkesbury and one term as Deputy Mayor.
    To join the mailing list or to register your early interest in attending, please email Hawkesbury Library Service library@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4560 4460.

Mayoral Column

Around 110 people gathered at Lynwood Country Club, Pitt Town on Monday night to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Hawkesbury’s leading sportspeople from a range of sports including swimming, dog obedience, sailing, karate, and athletics.

Running since 2004, the Hawkesbury Sports Award Program has been refreshed over the last two years to recognise the achievements of local sportspersons as well as the participation of both sports people and support personnel.

I felt truly honoured to present awards to so many high achievers and to spend an evening amongst so many inspiring people, from the tender age of 12 to the more mature of us. Congratulations to every award recipient and nominee, their clubs and also the family and friends who support them.

Sport is an integral part of our Australian culture and our Hawkesbury community. It’s great to see sport bringing people together in such a positive way, as well as promoting fitness and good health.

My thanks to the Hawkesbury Sports Council for managing our local sporting facilities and for their assistance with this Award Program, to the members of our Civic and Citizenship Committee who thoughtfully assess every nomination, and also to our sponsors Lynwood Country Club and Vintage FM.

Council also supports The Western Sydney Academy of Sport, who are always looking for talented sports men and women between 13 and 18 years of age to apply for a range of training programs to develop young athletes – please visit www.wsas.com.au for details. For details about our winners please visit Council’s website and Hawkesbury Events Facebook.

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