2 November 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • I was delighted to spend some time with our local school students who were enjoying Dream Cricket Day at Richmond Oval last week. So many smiling faces as they played cricket with each other! Dream Cricket introduces primary school students with a disability to the game of cricket with the help of Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and the Bradman Foundation. I want to congratulate the Rotary Club of Richmond for organising the event and running it so smoothly, especially Tony Miller who looks after the Dream Cricket event, as well as the schools who participated and their caring teachers. Congratulations to all the children who won prizes on the day.
  • Hawkesbury City Council is looking for community groups, churches, sporting organisations and schools that hold events for Christmas to be part of a Christmas Calendar of events for the Hawkesbury.

    The program of events will be publicised through Council’s channels and will include advertisements, flyers and banners.

    Promoting Christmas events in the calendar provides organisations the unique opportunity to reach a wider audience and it is free. It is also a positive opportunity to promote events in the Hawkesbury to our surrounding areas.

    To submit details about your event for the Christmas Calendar, visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au and complete the registration form. Forms must be submitted by 5pm Friday, 17 November 2017 to be included.

    For any queries on the Christmas Calendar of events please contact Council’s Events Coordinator on 4560 4404 or email events@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
  • I’ve recently been informed about a new Climate Council report that is warning of escalating bushfire costs as a result of climate change. The ‘Bushfires in ‘New South Wales: Earlier, More Frequent, More Dangerous’, report shows  bushfire costs in New South Wales are likely to more than double by mid-century to over $100 million per year. These estimates are conservative, because they do not factor in climate change. See the full report http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/nsw-bushfires-2017 The warm, dry winter we’ve just had has greatly increased bushfire risk in the coming season, and as this new report notes, it’s only set to get worse due to climate change. While we’re managing bushfire impacts through hazard reduction burns and fire trails, we also need to act now to reduce our pollution levels to bring this bushfire risk back under control. Taking steps to reduce our emissions will ultimately help to protect our area from extreme weather impacts such as bushfires.

    Bushfire conditions are tipped to reach ‘above normal’ this summer, with more hot and dry conditions forecast. Communities, emergency services and the health sector must be prepared, in a bid to protect residents across the state from worsening fire danger conditions.

    For information on how to prepare your Bush Fire Survival Plan and Emergency Survival Kit please visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

Mayoral Column

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Hawkesbury Australia Day Awards. The awards are a great way for the community to recognise outstanding people in the Hawkesbury. Community members can nominate in one or more of nine categories including Citizen/Young Citizen of the Year, Local Hero and Volunteer of the Year.

It’s wonderful to see an abundance of worthy individuals and organisations are nominated each year for these awards and I’m looking forward to seeing the list of nominees for the 2018. As a special thank you, all nominators will go into a draw to win one of five $100 Coles/Myer gift cards.

You can nominate in one or more of these categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Local Hero Award
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Arts Award
  • Cultural Heritage Award
  • Environmental Award

Council’s Civic and Citizenship Committee also makes nominations for the Commemorative Plaque and the Community Organisation of the Year. The Committee is responsible for assessing all nominations received, with judging to take place in early December.

The winners will be announced on Australia Day, Friday, 26 January 2018 at a special awards presentation. Nominations close on Friday, 10 November 2017 at 5pm. Visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au for more information - all nominations need to be completed online this year.

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