26 January 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Want to save on waste? Join 20,000 businesses recycling more through the Bin Trim program. Reducing waste is good for business – it can reduce costs, save time, build staff morale and enhance your corporate reputation. Generating less waste also saves valuable water, energy and raw materials. Bin Trim has been designed to help small and medium sized businesses quickly identify simple actions they can take to start cutting waste and boost profits. Visit EPA website or contact the EPA on 131 555 or Bin.Trim@epa.nsw.gov.au to register your interest. Council also has a Waste Education Officer if you have specific local questions, (02) 4560 4566 or email justin.murphy@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
  • Did you know that Hawkesbury City Council is a Collection Point for Funnel Web spiders? Our brave Customer Service staff took a delivery this week and the spider has been carefully taken to the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast.
    Heatwave conditions and extreme humidity have been increasing funnel-web spider activity. While this means more people need to be on the alert and take care, it also means there are more chances for people to help boost the supplies of life-saving funnel-web antivenom, which are in danger of running low with 2016 seeing the smallest amount of hand-ins in the park's history. Female funnel web spiders are milked of their venom as part of the antivenene manufacturing process at the Australian Reptile Park, the only wildlife sanctuary that milks the spiders in Australia.
    The Australian Reptile Park is urging to people to follow instructions on their website to safely capture the spiders as supporting the anti-venom program saves lives. Please visit their website for a video on how to safely capture a spider. Please note that Ranger Mick from Australian Reptile Park insists that women are much better at catching spiders -- you’ll just have to ask him why! It’s obviously not for children or the faint hearted. Drop off points are also listed on their website.
  • Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is inviting community input on what to include in a whole-of-government NSW koala strategy. The community’s feedback on what should be included in the strategy and ideas about how you wish to be involved is vital for building an effective strategy. For more information about developing the strategy and further resources, see the OEH Developing a NSW Koala Strategy site.
    Online public information session: In addition to the regional community information sessions, an online information session will be held on Thursday, 2 February, midday to 1:15pm. This webinar is an opportunity to find out how you can contribute to the development of the NSW Koala Strategy. All are welcome to register for the webinar.
    OEH is also inviting community feedback on the draft Saving Our Species (SOS) Iconic Koala Project, which sets out a framework for on-ground koala conservation actions for 2016-21 and forms one important part of the proposed koala strategy. Click here for more information on the SOS project and to provide feedback.
    The Saving our Species Iconic Koala Project will build on the valuable contributions made by individuals and groups across the state to conserve koalas. Ongoing involvement of all stakeholders will be critical to the success of the project.

Mayoral Column

Happy Australia Day. Australia Day is about Connecting the Community and that’s exactly what we are doing here in the Hawkesbury. On behalf of Council, I would love to invite you to come along to the events we have planned to connect our wonderful communities.

In just over a week we are starting a program of community consultation where we are coming out to talk to you at nine public meetings across the City and listening kiosks at six shopping centres. We will be updating you on the Levels of Service Consultation that Council ran in August last year and introducing our Draft Community Strategic Plan. We are having a community party at the Richmond Pool on Saturday, 18 February at 11am with free entry, a giant slide and lots of giveaways. You are also invited to come along to McLeods Park on Thursday, 2 March where we want to connect the communities of South Windsor. Everyone is invited 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. The YMCA at the Oasis Centre, South Windsor, are holding a National Swimathon Event and Family Fun Day on Sunday, 5 March. Council and the YMCA will be showcasing the recent improvements to the facility.

I hope to see you there. Visit Council’s Events Facebook page

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