2 February 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Council kicked off its community engagement program this week and there has been lots of community interest. We are going out to the community with updates on the consultation that Hawkesbury City Council conducted in August last year about its Levels of Service for Council’s assets and, importantly, we are also engaging with our community members about our Draft Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan.
    The Plan is the core document underpinning Council’s future planning and determines strategies and desirable outcomes for the future. It outlines the focus and direction for the community for the next 20 years and indicates the role council will take in delivering these outcomes.
    I enjoyed attending the two town meetings held at North Richmond and also at Windsor this week. Both of the meetings offered plenty of opportunities for questions from our community about local issues and about the draft Community Strategic Plan, how it could impact on them and how they can have a say about the Plan.
    The meetings were very interactive, not only because people had the opportunity to ask questions, but because we invited the attendees to complete two exercises. In the first exercise people nominated three things in their local area that they thought should be included Council’s future works plan.  In the second activity we asked people to use flags and the map of the Hawkesbury and identify a ‘big picture challenge’ facing the Hawkesbury.
    The Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan ‘The Hawkesbury 2036 – It’s Your Future’ is now on display at Council’s Administration Building, George Street Windsor and available online. I encourage you to come along to our Public Meetings or Listening Kiosks (dates listed below) and have your say to help shape the future of the Hawkesbury.
Public Meetings Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017-2036 – Listening to our Community
Saturday, 4 February 2017 Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Public Meeting, 1pm, Hawkesbury Leisure and Learning Centre,
114 March Street, Richmond
Monday, 6 February 2017 Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Public Meeting, 6pm, Pitt Town Sports Club, 139 Old Pitt Town Road, Pitt Town
Thursday, 9 February 2017 Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Public Meeting, 6pm, Glossodia Community Centre,
162 Golden Valley Drive, Glossodia
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Public Meeting, 6pm, Colo Height Horrie Eley Hall,
2996 Putty Road, Colo Heights
Thursday, 16 February 2017 Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Public Meeting, 7:30pm, Kurrajong Community Centre,
30 McMahons Park Road, Kurrajong
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Public Meeting, 6pm, Bligh Park Community Centre, 4 Sirius Road, Bligh Park
Saturday, 25 February 2017 Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Public Meeting, 11am, St Albans School of Arts,
7 Upper MacDonald Road, St Albans
Listening KiosksHawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017-2036 – Listening to our Community
Saturday, 4 February 2017Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Listening Kiosk, 9am, Windsor Marketplace Shopping Centre,
Kable Street, Windsor
Saturday, 11 February 2017Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Listening Kiosk, 9am, North Richmond Shopping Centre,
Bells Line of Road, North Richmond
Saturday, 11 February 2017Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Listening Kiosk, 9am, Richmond Marketplace,
78 March Street, Richmond
Saturday, 11 February 2017Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Listening Kiosk, 10am, Bilpin Markets,
2596 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin
Saturday, 25 February 2017Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017–2036 Listening Kiosk, 9am, Wilberforce Shopping Centre,
King Road, Wilberforce

Mayoral Column

Participating in Council’s 2017 Australia Day celebrations at the Windsor Function Centre was such an uplifting experience, especially being present for the first time as the Mayor of Hawkesbury. It felt so rewarding to witness the citizenship ceremony; to meet our proud new citizens; and to hear the heart-warming speech given by our Australia Day ambassador, Karen Banton, CEO of the Bernie Banton Foundation. She is really helping to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. I wish her every success on her continuing campaign for the rights of asbestos-related disease sufferers.

I also had the honour of participating in the presentation of the Australia Day Awards Ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to Yvonne Tuckerman and the title of 2017 Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Rhiannon Williams. Well done Yvonne and Rhiannon! The Commemorative Plaque was also unveiled in acknowledgement of the work and achievements of Emeritus Mayor Dr Rex Stubbs OAM. I’m also pleased to announce the winners in other categories: Volunteer of the Year – Barry Adams; Volunteer of the Year – Vicki Case; Community Organisation of the Year –  Hawkesbury’s Helping Hands; Joint Local Hero Award – John Breaden and Stephen Richards, NSW Police Force; Hawkesbury Community Arts Award – Peta Gray; Hawkesbury Cultural Heritage Award – Carolynne Cooper; Hawkesbury Environmental Award – Les Dollin. Congratulations to all the winners. For details of their achievements, please visit Council’s website

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