19 January 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • We have planned lots of events in the coming weeks and months to connect our wonderful communities in the Hawkesbury. All are free and all are open to the public. Australia Day is next week so 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. Please RSVP for catering purposes via email events@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4560 4444 and state which event you will be attending, either the Citizenship and/or Australia Day Awards. Coming up in February is a community party at the Richmond Pool on Saturday, 18 February at 11am. There will be a giant slide and lots of giveaways. Then, on Thursday, 2 March at McLeods Park we will be connecting the communities of South Windsor. Everyone is invited to come along to see the reinvigorated park and to meet lots of local service providers. There will be free cake and sausages and lots of fun and games.  We are also having a party at the Oasis Centre (YMCA), South Windsor on Sunday, 26 February and so come along, see the Centre, get to know others in your community and be part of the fun. Visit Hawkesbury Events Facebook page for details of other Australia Day events around the Hawkesbury. I would love to see you all there.
  • Council is revising the Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan. This Plan is the core document that underpins Council’s future planning and strategies, so it affects everyone. The draft Plan has five Focus Areas - Our Leadership, Our Community, Our Environment, Our Assets, and Our Future, each having key directions and strategies. Council and the community have to consider things like growth in the Hawkesbury – I urge you to think about growth as being balanced and supported by adequate infrastructure, to ensure it doesn’t detract from the characteristics valued strongly by the community. I encourage you to tell us how we can cater for our current needs and for generations to come, whilst keeping an energetic and vibrant city. To enable you to do this and have your say, we will commence a series of public meetings and listening kiosks around the Hawkesbury in just two weeks time. Please try and attend at least of one of these to provide valuable feedback to Council. Otherwise, visit Council’s website, read the draft Community Strategic Plan, and fill in a short online survey to have your say.
  • A great way to start 2017 is to get involved in your local area is to attend the above local events and public meetings to have your say on the future of the Hawkesbury.

Mayoral Column

Preparation is well underway for Council’s 2017 Australia Day celebrations and we are proud to say that we will be joined by our Australia Day ambassador, Karen Banton, CEO of the Bernie Banton Foundation. Karen is a strong advocate on behalf of asbestos disease sufferers and their families.

Members of the public are welcome to join us for the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony which will be held at the Windsor Function Centre on 26 January commencing at 9am to witness people from a diverse range of cultures taking their citizenship pledge.

Celebrations will continue at Windsor Function Centre from midday with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony. It will recognise the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of Hawkesbury community members. The much anticipated Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year will be announced on the day. The Sports Person of the Year will also be presented, as well as a number of other awards recognising contributions to community services and the arts and cultural heritage of the Hawkesbury.

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 (02) 4560 4410 to RSVP for the Citizenship Ceremony or call (02) 4560 4444 to RSVP for the Awards Ceremony. Visit Hawkesbury Events Facebook page for details of other Australia Day events around the Hawkesbury.

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