12 January 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Council has now opened West Portland Road Bridge, Lower Portland to the public. Construction of the new three span concrete bridge over Roberts Creek at Lower Portland commenced in August 2016. The new bridge has now replaced the single lane Bailey bridge which was a steel and timber structure in poor condition with a load limit of 12 tonne. The Bailey bridge was also on a tight bend with restricted sight distance. The new 30m span concrete bridge is located on a safer road alignment with no weight restriction.
    Along with eight other bridges, this bridge has now been replaced under Council's Timber Bridge Replacement program. It is funded through a subsidised loan under the NSW Government's Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme (LIRS) and received additional funding under the Australian Government Bridge Renewal Program (BRP).The timber bridge replacement program is now drawing to a close, and a tender has now been accepted for the final two bridges on Upper Macdonald Road.
  • Council honoured 336 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets, from RAAF Base Richmond, by granting Freedom of Entry to the City on 18 December 2016. The parade was an outstanding success, with hundreds of well wishers turning out to cheer on the cadets who took part. The parade was held on what used to be the Officer Training Unit parade ground within the Scheyville National Park. The Freedom of Entry was granted to the Squadron in recognition of their service to the Hawkesbury community and to recognise the 75th Anniversary of the Australian Air Force Cadets. 336 SQN will exercise the Freedom of Entry later in 2017.
    The granting of the Freedom of Entry to a City is a tradition that dates back to the early history of Europe, when cities were surrounded by walls, protected by soldiers and the right of entry to outside soldiers was rarely given by the authorities. Today, the ceremony is representative of the esteem in which the Hawkesbury holds the RAAF Base and provides recognition of the facility's contribution to the local community.
  • Preparation is well underway for Council’s 2017 Australia Day celebrations. We will be joined by our Australia Day ambassador, Karen Banton, CEO of the Bernie Banton Foundation, a strong advocate of asbestos disease sufferers and their families.
    Members of the public are welcome to join us for the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at the Windsor Function Centre at 9am on Thursday, 26 January and the Australia Day Awards Ceremony from midday also at the Windsor Function Centre. To join us, please RSVP for catering purposes via email events@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au and please state event: i.e. Citizenship and or Australia Day Awards. Alternatively call 4560 4410 to RSVP for the Citizenship Ceremony or call 4560 4444 to RSVP for the Awards Ceremony. Visit Hawkesbury Events Facebook page for details of other Australia Day events around the Hawkesbury.

Mayoral Column

Summer is a great time to enjoy the Hawkesbury, be it swimming or camping in one of our many beautiful sites, or enjoying our pools. While you’re enjoying the great outdoors, please protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes. Various mosquito borne infections are prevalent in summer and autumn, so we all need to take simple measures to avoid mosquito bites at all times.

Hawkesbury Central Library, Windsor is offering a free workshop for kids 11 years and over to learn how to create an individual comic strip at the KAPOW workshop on Wednesday, 18 January 2-4pm. The design will be combined to create a mural in the Library. Bookings essential via Eventbrite www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call the Library on (02) 4560 4460. Hawkesbury Central Library is located at 300 George Street, Windsor.

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is offering activities for creative kids, starting with the Art/Dressing Room, where kids from two years are invited to drop in for FREE art/craft and dressing up activities, including a puppet theatre which is open through the holidays until Sunday, 5 February 2017. There are also workshops on 18, 19 and 20 January at the Gallery. Visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/gallery for details. The Gallery is in the Deerubbin Centre (1st floor), 300 George Street Windsor, phone (02) 4560 4440.

The Library and Gallery will also host a Pop Up Library and Gallery with giveaways and fun activities at Richmond Swimming Centre, 71 East Market Street, Richmond on Tuesday, 24 January 10am-noon. Happy New Year and enjoy your holidays!

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