6 April 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • This week I had the pleasure to present a cheque for over $3000 to the Hawkesbury Community Kitchen in Windsor on behalf of the Adventure Caravanning Club (ACC), who recently held a large event at Hawkesbury Showground. Council sponsored this event and I was delighted to find out that the ACC were donating funds to an essential community service in the Hawkesbury. Hawkesbury Community Kitchen Coordinator Joan Bruce was obviously over the moon and surprised at the generous donation. Thank you Adventure Caravanning Club!

    Opened in 1993, Hawkesbury Community Kitchen provides an evening meal service to disadvantaged people in the Hawkesbury region. The Kitchen also provides a ‘drop service’ every Thursday where people can shower and do their laundry. Hawkesbury Community Kitchen always welcomes help and even local businesses can help out with donations or items such as new fridges that may use less electricity. If you would like to volunteer or donate money or goods to the Hawkesbury Community Kitchen, please contact Joan on hawkesburycommunitykitchen@gmail.com

  • A Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be introduced on 1 July 2017 by the NSW Government to fund the operating costs of the fire and emergency services provided by Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW State Emergency Service.

    All Councils in NSW are collecting this money on behalf of the NSW Government and you will see this on your Rates Notice in July 2017.

    The new FESL will replace the existing Emergency Services Levy which is currently paid by insurance companies through people’s insurance premiums. Previously only insured property owners contributed directly to the fire and emergency services. Under the FESL, all property owners will contribute.

    It is hoped that a vast majority of fully-insured residential property owners will be better off under the proposed FESL. Discounts will be available for pensioners and veterans. For Frequently Asked Questions please visit http://emergencyservicespropertylevy.nsw.gov.au

  • I was honoured to open the Regional Conference of the United Hospitals Association last week in Windsor. Eight auxiliaries from the Western Metropolitan Region attended including our local Hospital Auxiliary. This year the United Hospital Auxiliary of NSW - Hawkesbury Branch celebrates 81 years of Service to the Hospital starting at the Old Hospital and then with the Hawkesbury District Health Service and now with St John of God.

    The Hospital Auxiliary members have raised well beyond $1 million dollars and as a result they continue to purchase much needed equipment and items for the comfort and care of patients. Anyone who visits or stays at our local hospital benefits from the services provided by our local Hospital Auxiliary.  Some of the equipment they purchase includes blood pressure  monitors, patient analgesie machines, surgical equipment, lambswool mats for beds, anaesthetic systems, patient transport ambulance, chairs, ECG machines, humidicribs and the list goes on.

    These dedicated members work throughout Hawkesbury Hospital on many varied duties and they have literally worked hundreds of thousands of hours to help our community. Thank you to every one of you.

Mayoral Column

This week is National Youth Week (NYW) and on Friday, 7 April ‘Youthfest ‘17’ will be held in Richmond Park from 4pm to 8pm for all our youth to get involved and have fun! We will have stalls and games and being the last day of school term, I’m sure there will be a great atmosphere in the park.

Youthfest ‘17 is a FREE outdoor event organised by the Youth Action Team at North Richmond Youth Project and Council. Fun activities will include bubble soccer, an obstacle course, free food, DJs, prizes, giveaways and information. Specialist youth services will be providing activities and they will also have interactive displays. These services offer support to young people with issues such as mental health, homelessness/couch surfing, drugs and alcohol, sexual and reproductive health, disability as well as health and fitness.

Council also hosted a successful Youth Summit on Wednesday, 5 April at Richmond High School. Local high school students who attended the forum shared their ideas for the Hawkesbury’s future with passion and a real sense of purpose. I’m already looking forward to reading the report from the Youth Summit which details the issues they are facing while living, studying, or working in the Hawkesbury, and suggestions they are making for future programs and services for young people.

To find out more about ‘Youthfest ‘17’ or Youth Summit outcomes, contact Council’s Youth Participation Officer on (02) 4560 4562 or email rohan.smyth@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or www.facebook.com/ypo.council

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