4 May2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Council is delighted to offer community members the chance to attend a free workshop on Hollows as Homes on Saturday, 20 May 2017 in Kurrajong. Hollows are used by around 300 animal species around Australia, with at least 64 of these threatened by extinction. In urban and agricultural areas large, hollow-bearing trees are in decline, but many species of animals rely on tree hollows. Nationally, hollow-using species include at least 83 mammals, 114 birds, 79 reptiles, 27 frogs and many insects and spiders.
    Registration for the three hour workshop is essential as places are limited. Spaces are filling fast so to register, please contact Council’s Bushcare Officer Martin Gauci (02) 4560 4525 or 0413 195 248 or email mgauci@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
  • Did you know that Legacy House is looking for a new home? They will need to move out of their current location at East Market Street, Richmond in July as Legacy has sold the building to new owners.
    Legacy House has been at this location since 1978, helping Hawkesbury’s war widows in various ways and selling preloved clothing and goods. Today, Hawkesbury Legacy still has 180 widows to look after and the Legacy Op Shop brings in much needed funds for legacy. Fortunately, alternative venues have already been found for the groups which met weekly at the Richmond premises. Please try to drop into the Op Shop as you might find something you like to buy. If you have ideas for a new venue for the Op Shop, or if you can help in any other way, please contact Alan Wilcox, the president of Hawkesbury Legacy on 0448 418 137.
  • For a peaceful but interesting morning you might want to go on the cemetery tour next Thursday, 11 May from 9:30 AM to 11:15 AM. You can join us our library staff on a driving and walking tour of the Hawkesbury's lesser-known cemeteries.  The special Heritage Festival excursion to McGraths Hill and Old Pitt Town is free but bookings are essential at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cemetery-tours-tickets-31591077764 or call 4560 4460. Please note: the tour starts at Pitt Town Cemetery, 52 Old Pitt Town Road, Pitt Town. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat and BYO water.
  • Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is proud to host the annual Archibald Prize touring exhibition from Friday, 19 May to Sunday, 2 July. First awarded in 1921, it is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art awards. The Archibald Prize exhibition is a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. This is a wonderful chance 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. There will also be a Gallery Curator talk from1-2pm on Monday, 22 May - a great way to learn more about the touring exhibition - no need to book.

Mayoral Column

This weekend I am really looking forward to attending the Hawkesbury Show. It is such a fantastic local event and I would encourage you all to come along.  There are rides, showbags and lots of action in the main arena, with fireworks being held on Saturday evening.  Hawkesbury City Council will have a tent where we will be showcasing to the community what Council does.  The Council tent is a great place to keep the kids entertained with colouring in, badge making, a sandpit to dig and photos to be taken in the Council truck wearing hi-viz and a hard hat.

The Hawkesbury Show will be held at Hawkesbury Showground, 40 Racecourse Road, Clarendon.  Opening hours: Friday, 5 May - 9am to 11pm; Saturday, 6 May - 9am to 11pm; Sunday, 7 May - 9am to 5pm. For more information visit www.hawkesburyshow.com.au

I recently went out to the Australian Pioneer Village in Rose Street, Wilberforce. It is such a great place to visit for locals and if you have any visitors coming to our beautiful Hawkesbury area I would encourage you to take them along to see the attractions, ride on the mini train, enjoy the carriage ride lolly shop, have lunch at the cafes or bring a picnic or BBQ.

The Village is open 10am – 4pm on Sundays and some Mondays and Public Holidays. For more information visit www.theapv.org.au about events and open days.

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