22 March 2018

From the Mayor's Desk

  • The Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter has seen yet another influx of cats over the weekend. Council has made the outstanding decision to lower the price of overdue cats to a never before seen price, only $10. I encourage responsible owners to step up and if you can, get yourself a rescue cat from the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter today. It’s strictly for a limited time only.

    For Shelter opening hours and more information, please call the Shelter on 4560 4644 or visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au and click on the Animal Shelter link to see the photo gallery. The Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter is located at 10 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave and is open every day of the week.
  • Yesterday I joined many of our residents in the Hawkesbury to celebrate Harmony Day at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, which was a great place to be out of the rain. Council was very happy to support the event which was held by Ability Links, Hawkesbury Community Outreach Services and YMCA. It included face painting, jumping castle, Bollywood dancing, a free halal sausage sizzle and plenty of community information stalls.

    Harmony Day is about celebrating community diversity and inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

    Our latest Census data tell us that 7,942 people who were living in Hawkesbury City in 2016 were born overseas, which is over 11% of our community. Council's Community Strategic Plan states that Council will partner with community and key service providers to deliver outcomes which support a connected, healthy, and inclusive Hawkesbury.
  • My heart goes out to the residents of Tathra and local fire crews who fought the fires this week. Sadly, 65 homes were lost as well as other property but thanks to the firefighters and the community, no lives were lost. The Hawkesbury is prone to bushfires too, and we understand how quickly a bushfire can take over. I’m always thankful for the courageous work of our Rural Fire Service. This week’s rain has been a welcome change for us all. Even though it’s autumn, it’s still important to have a Bushfire Survival Plan. Download your guide from the plan and prepare link at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and discuss it with your family.

Mayoral Column

Have you heard about the micro music festival on this Saturday, 24 March at Richmond?

It’s called ‘Live and Local Music Hawkesbury’. It’s a wonderful initiative to help build the local arts scene and promote the Hawkesbury as a creative and vibrant place to live, work and visit. We have engaged a music curator to assemble some of our best emerging artists and experienced professionals from a wide variety of music styles. Local businesses will also appreciate, and benefit from, our community support. We’re showing off our local and Western Sydney talent and I hope to see you there! Here are the Richmond gigs:

  • Rotunda in Richmond Park – Macquarie Towns Brass - 10am then roaming
  • Paull's Richmond Mowers, 293 Windsor Street – The Belle Trio –10am-12:30pm
  • Crazies Café, 334 Windsor Street – Dani Madeline, Abbey Gardner, Amy Nelson –10:30am-2pm
  • Café Relish, 229 Windsor Street – Macquarie Towns String Quartet featuring Chelsea Routley –11am-2pm
  • The Right Bite Café, 219 Windsor Street – The Quokkas –11am-1:30pm
  • Park Mall Richmond, 209-211 Windsor Street – WomanSong, Hawkesbury Song Company, Chorella –10:15am-1pm
  • Feel the Steel Tattoo, 187a Windsor Street – Sharon White, Chloe –10:30am-1pm
  • McDonalds Richmond, 69 March Street – Empty Fish Tank, Divinia Eather, Bella Luchetti, TRU’ – 10:30am-2pm

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