12 April 2018
From the Mayor's Desk
- Have you heard about the ‘Live and Local Music Hawkesbury’ micro festival on this Saturday, 14 April at Kurrajong? Please see the program below. I’ll see you there!
The Kurrajong program
- RAPT, at Feeding Frenze Café, at 10am, 11am and 12pm
- Wombats Crossing, at The Village Kitchen Kurrajong, at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm
- Antoinetta and Friends, at Carey & Co., at 11am, 12pm and 1:30pm
- Macquarie Towns Brass and Circus Solarus, roaming performances between 10am and 2pm.
- I hope our Seniors have been making the most of the NSW Seniors Festival events in the Hawkesbury last week and this week. The Festival continues until this Sunday, 15 April 2018. The full program of events is at https://seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au/home While you’re out and about socialising at Seniors Festival events, it’s also a good time to think about your health and book in a check-up at the doctor’s or order a free bowel screening test kit.
Recent data released by the Cancer Institute NSW has listed the Hawkesbury as having the highest bowel cancer rate in the Sydney region, and yet, if found early, 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated.
Bowel cancer screening rates remain low when compared to other cancers, despite the introduction of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program which offers a free ‘at home’ screening kit to eligible Australians aged 50 to 74 years old.
Eligible Australians are mailed their first free bowel screening Test Kit around their 50th Birthday. To request a Test Kit, just call the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Information Line on 1800 118 868 or go to www.cancerscreening.gov.au/bowel
- Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network has also commissioned Men's Health Services to run free ‘Get in Early’ men’s health education sessions in the Hawkesbury, between April and June, focusing on bowel cancer screening. Individuals and organisations can contact Greg Millan on 0417 772 390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book a free session for a group or workplace.
I am strongly aware that we have many concerned residents following the State Government’s announcement to set aside over 190 kilometres of draft corridors across the Greater Sydney Commission’s Western Parkland City. The draft corridors in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area specifically relate to the:
- Outer Sydney Orbital (including the outer Sydney Freight Line) between Appin and Maraylya
- Bells Line of Road-Castlereagh Connection between Kurrajong Heights and the M7.
All of the planning, and the location of the current corridors was determined by the State Government as was the timing of the release of the current corridor details and the nature of the community engagement. Council did not have access to any of the current corridor details before they became publically available on 26 March 2018.
Although the roads proposed to be built by the State Government within the corridors are potentially one to two decades away, it is still vital to have your say now, for both the impact it may have on you, your family and future generations.
I urge you to participate in the State Government’s community consultation initiatives:
- An interactive mapping tool www.collaborativemap.com/WesternSydneyCorridors
- Information sessions https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/corridors/community-drop-sessions
- Have your say www.transport.nsw.gov.au/corridors/have-your-say
- Further details at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/corridors
While there is an exhibition period up until 1 June 2018 to have your say, the sooner you act, the more we can ensure that our community response is heard.
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