11 May 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Visitor numbers in the Hawkesbury boomed last weekend, 5-7 May, with the 2017 annual Hawkesbury Show being one of the best shows ever according to so many people I met at the Show. I loved seeing the wide variety of events, as well as the arts, crafts, animals and produce on display. Congratulations to all the entrants and winners at the Show!
    Over 7,000 people visited Hawkesbury City Council’s tent at this year’s Hawkesbury Show which featured a theme of Getting to Know Your Council as well as plenty of giveaways, information and a special recycling competition - lucky prize winners will be notified soon!
    People showed plenty of interest in the flood maps on display and, of course, everyone loved the free plants provided by the Hawkesbury Community Nursery. Visitors of all ages showed a keen interest in recycling, composting and road safety.
  • Infrastructure NSW recently launched Resilient Valley, Resilient Communities - the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy at Governor Phillip Park, Windsor. The Flood Strategy is a comprehensive long term framework for the NSW Government, Councils, businesses and the community to work together to reduce and manage the flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.
    Council will undertake a thorough review the Strategy and is committed to working with all parties to address potential flooding in the Hawkesbury.
    As part of improving community flood risk awareness in the Hawkesbury, Council is also planning a series of events in the lead up to the 150th anniversary and commemoration of the 23 June 1867 Flood, the highest recorded flood in the Hawkesbury. These upcoming community events will be promoted on Council’s Hawkesbury Events Facebook page.
    The document Resilient Valley, Resilient Communities - the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy is available at http://www.insw.com/media/59396/insw_hnvfloodstrategy__1_.pdf
  • Council is asking for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from members of the community who have a genuine interest in, and are able to demonstrate knowledge in town centre revitalisation, to act as community representatives on the working group outlined below. Community members are generally appointed to working groups on the basis of their subject knowledge and experience, technical skills and/or their ability to interpret the common interests of residents.
    Six community members will be appointed to the Town Centres Master Plan Project Group. For more information or to obtain an Expression of Interest Form, please visit Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or contact Andrew Kearns on (02) 4560 4604. EOIs close 5pm Friday, 26 May 2017.

Mayoral Column

I’m thrilled to let you know that Council’s Library Service will now receive some much needed funding from the NSW Government. Thirty other local councils in NSW will also receive grants to improve public library buildings, spaces and information technology for NSW communities.

The funding is part of the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program and it will also help Councils in NSW to implement crucial IT infrastructure upgrades. The Public Library Infrastructure Grants program is administered by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Library Council of NSW.

A selection of 19th century photographs from the albums of Mary Anne Amelia Stewart is now on display at Hawkesbury Central Library until Sunday, 25 June during opening hours. The Library is located at the Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor.

Mary was the only daughter of Dr William Farquharson Stewart, the first salaried doctor at Windsor Hospital. She grew up in a social and cultural atmosphere and there were always activities and gatherings with visitors, including the Rouse, Cape, McQuade and Town families from all over NSW.

Her wonderful collection of poems, letters, invitations, and photographs has remained in the family and now the collection has been scanned, courtesy of Mary’s descendant, Mrs Foster. A free curator’s talk about the collection and some of the people featured in the display will be held at 10am on Wednesday, 24 May. It is essential to RSVP for catering purposes at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hawkesbury-faces-tickets-34220046079 or call 4560 4460.

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