31 August 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Nominations are open for the annual Natalie Burton Memorial Award. Residents are encouraged to nominate a worthy Hawkesbury high school student for the prestigious Natalie Burton Memorial Award trophy and $200 prize money. The award is intended for a recipient who has faced a challenging circumstance and, through application and determination, has overcome this adversity to succeed. More information and nomination forms are available online www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or at Council’s Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor, Richmond Branch Library and Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor or by calling (02) 4560 4430. Nominations close 5pm Monday, 25 September 2017.
  • For the fifth year in a row, Hawkesbury City Council is proud to be supporting the Garage Sale Trail which will be held on Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 October. The Garage Sale Trail has become a fun and well-known community event that many local residents take as the perfect opportunity to do a clean out.
    Registration is free at www.garagesaletrail.com.au If you register early enough, you will also receive a free Seller Pack, which includes printed posters, flyers and information to help you spread the word about your sale. Last year, 137 registered garage sales were registered in the Hawkesbury.
    For further information about the Garage Sale Trail, to register a sale or find sales in your area, visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au
  • Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Young Archie Portrait Prize, held in conjunction with the 2016 Archibald Prize exhibition. The winners took home iPad minis, and the runners-up were presented with art packs containing all manner of art materials, making them well equipped to continue their art careers. All 559 works can be seen until the end of the year at Hawkesbury Central Library in Windsor and on the mezzanine floor of the Deerubbin Centre, along from the Gallery foyer.
  • Computer classes for seniors are returning in October and I encourage our older residents to take advantage of these free classes. You will be introduced to the use of computers, plus you will gain confidence and skills in using the internet, email and social media. The classes are:
    • Beginners Computer Class
      Tuesday, 10 October 10am to midday
    • Introduction to Internet Searching
      Tuesday, 17 October 10am to midday
    • Getting Started With Email
      Tuesday, 24 October 10am to midday

    Bookings are essential, call 4560 4460. Participants must be Library members - new members welcome and membership is free! All sessions will be held at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor. Tech Savvy Seniors is an initiative of the NSW Ageing Strategy and is funded through a partnership between the NSW Government and Telstra, and with the assistance of Hawkesbury Library Service.

Mayoral Column

I’m delighted to let you know that the annual St Albans Writers Festival will be held from Friday, 8 September to Sunday, 10 September 2017. As a Festival Partner, Council is proud to be a major sponsor for Australia’s newest and most intimate writers’ festival. As well as contributing financially, Council is providing in kind support which includes donating the use of Council grounds for this special event.

The St Albans Writers’ Festival attracts top writers from across the country, as well as hundreds of people who are both local to the Hawkesbury and from outside the area each year.

This year’s theme of ‘Escape and Explore’ will transform St Albans Village. The festival precinct includes the historic St Albans Church, the Settlers Arms Inn, and the School of the Arts Hall. There will also be marquees, a fire and hay bales in the St Albans Reserve to create a festival hub.

Some of the writers attending include Tom Keneally, Hugh Mackay, Stan Grant, George Gittoes, Tom Griffiths, David Hunt, Mark Tedeschi QC, Gil Jones, Helen Garner, and Bernadette Brennan. There will also be an opportunity to meet established writers Kathryn Heyman and Melina Marchetta, and new writers Melanie Joosten and Rachel Leary.

Festival goers will have the chance to discuss immigration policy with Madeline Gleeson, climate change with Jane Abbott or delve into the relationships between mothers and daughters with Jane Caro, Caroline Baum, Susan Wyndham and Nikki Gemmell. Visit www.stalbanswritersfestival.com.au to buy tickets and for the latest festival updates.

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