29 June 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • I was delighted to hear about the recent swan release at Pugh’s Lagoon by our dedicated WIRES volunteers. After nearly three long months of medication and care, a beautiful black male swan, who was suffering from infections in his foot and leg from fishing hook injuries, is now free again. Known as ‘Captain Hook’, he had some offspring with a local female black swan called ‘Joan of Park’.
    Well done to the devoted carers who have nursed him through this long period to get him through to release, in conjunction with North Richmond Vet. You can see the release here, where Captain Hook is greeted by a juvenile swan: MVI_1514.MOV
  • I thought I'd give you one last reminder about the Archibald Prize touring exhibition, before it closes this Sunday, 2 July. First awarded in 1921, it is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards. I saw some amazing work at the opening recently. It's a great way to see all the finalists in the Archibald Prize 2016 right here in the Hawkesbury. By arrangement with the Art Gallery of NSW this is a ticketed event, adults $5, teens $3, family $15 (2 adults/3 teens), Gallery Members and children under 12 free. Don't miss out!
  • Our Cultural Services team will have a pop-up gallery and library on Sunday, 9 July between 10am and 3pm at Richmond Park, as part of the Hawkesbury's NAIDOC Week celebrations.
    There'll be free stuff, giant games, art activities and badge making as we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. Richmond Park is located at 180 Windsor Street, Richmond, near the train station. This is a free community event for everyone, so I hope to see as many of you as possible come along.
    The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
    NAIDOC DAY itself is a lot of fun for all to enjoy, and Council is proud to sponsor the big event.

Mayoral Column

We had a wonderful community gathering at Thompson Square in Windsor last weekend as part of our 150 year commemoration of the 1867 flood - the highest-ever recorded flood in our local history. It was also a time for us to learn about how to be prepared for future floods.

The atmosphere was vibrant and moving for all of us, with a strong sense of unity as we contemplated the real fear experienced by past residents during that flood. My heart felt congratulations to the wider Eather family descendants who held a community dinner last week in memory of the 20 people lost in the 1867 flood, including the twelve Eather family members - 10 children and two mothers who were swept away in the dark of night from their rooftop at Cornwallis.

I want to especially thank our Master of Ceremonies on Friday night, Olivia Leal Walker, a former Hawkesbury Showgirl and amazing young woman who lead us through the Thompson Square proceedings. I was a captive audience member during Uncle Wes’ Dreamtime stories around the campfire at the Howe House garden. Thank you Uncle Wes, and Erin Wilkins too for our Welcome to Country. Our Aboriginal people have so much knowledge and it’s wonderful to see us all getting together to talk and learn more about floods.

My thanks also to State Emergency Services and Infrastructure NSW for their involvement. The talks by Regional Controller SES Peter Cinque and INSW Executive Director Maree Abood were particularly insightful and educational. Council will continue raising awareness within the community about the risks of flooding and the importance of being prepared for future flooding. Thank you everyone for participating in our 1867 flood commemoration.

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