30 March 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • It was lovely meeting some of our winners of the 2016 Hawkesbury Sports Awards last week as part of our promotion for this year’s Awards. Gathered at Lynwood Country Club, I met Sarah Jordan - 2016 Sports Person of the Year, Ashleigh Hill - Junior Sports Person of the Year, Sandy Freeman - All Abilities Sports Person of the Year, Fred Peters - Encouragement Sport Award winner and Donna Keith - Official of the Year. Castle Hill RSL Group President (representing Lynwood Country Club), Warren Glenny and Western Sydney Academy of Sport’s Athlete Program Manager, Steve Hewson were also hand to meet our champions.

    Nominations for the 2017 Hawkesbury Sports Awards are now open and I urge you to nominate a well deserving sports person in our community. Proudly sponsored by Hawkesbury City Council and Lynwood Country Club, the awards acknowledge sporting accomplishments of community members as well as the contributions of individuals to sporting clubs through support roles. For more information and nomination forms visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or pick one up at Council’s Administration Building and at Hawkesbury Central Library, Windsor or Richmond Branch Library. Nominations will close 5pm Friday, 7 April 2017.

  • Next week is National Youth Week and it’s going to be great! Next Wednesday, 5 April, Council will host the 2017 Youth Summit at Richmond High School. Local high schools are being invited to share their ideas for the Hawkesbury’s future - I extend an invitation to all our young people to come along and let us know what you think and what you think we need in our local area.

    Also as part of this special week, on Friday, 7 April ‘Youthfest ‘17’ will be held in Richmond Park from 4pm to 8pm - it’s free and there will be bubble soccer, an obstacle course, free food, DJs, prizes, giveaways and information. To find out more about ‘Youthfest ‘17’ or Youth Summit outcomes, contact Council’s Youth Participation Officer on 4560 4562 or email rohan.smyth@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or www.facebook.com/ypo.council

  • One of our dedicated Bushcare volunteers, John Jose has been dutifully planting, weeding and restoring the riverbank in and around the Windsor Wharf Reserve (adjacent to the Windsor Bridge) for about three years but he has now hit a real wall in what he describes as a true disgrace.

    John has planted the garden beds near the wharf countless times but the plants keep being dug up by people who seem to be digging up worms for bait when fishing. Unfortunately it leaves the soil exposed which is then susceptible to weeds and erosion.

    Ironically, native vegetation growing along riverbanks is proven to be a real winner for fish populations along riverbanks. So people digging up the riverbank plants means the exposed soil runs down into the river when it rains, creating a murky water with very little oxygen in it making it difficult for the fish to flourish.

    John would truly welcome a helping hand along the riverbank at Windsor Wharf (adjacent to Windsor Bridge) to restore such a historic riverbank and for people to take ownership of this great location. To volunteer and help John restore this part of the riverbank, contact Council’s Community Bushcare Officer on 4560 4525 or email mgauci@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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Hawkesbury Library Service has a wonderful range of workshops and activities planned during the April school holidays, and I think they are a great way to entertain kids - no matter what the weather. For aspiring artists, you can learn how to draw your favourite Superheroes and Villains on Tuesday, 11 April, 2pm to 3.30pm, $7, for 8 years+. With Easter coming up, you can decorate an egg-shaped container for your treats at a workshop on Thursday, 13 April, 2pm to 3pm. $5, for 5 years+.

One of my personal favourites, you can learn how to use hand tools to create simple and complex machines with Meccano during the Meccano Machines workshop on Tuesday, 18 April, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, $7, for 8 years+, or make a shiny Sun Catcher to brighten up any window on Thursday, 20 April, 2pm to 4pm. $5 for 5 years+, bookings essential for all workshops via Eventbrite www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call (02) 4560 4460 to confirm a spot. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. You can even drop into Hawkesbury Central Library any day during these school holidays and build your own Lego creations at the Lego Play Area. Free – no need to book, all welcome.

As part of Youthfest, the Library and Gallery will be holding a Pop Up event at Richmond Park on Friday, 7 April, 3pm to 8pm, come along for some giveaways and fun activities - I hope to see you there!

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