6 July 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • I was delighted to host a Mayoral Reception last night for the new Rotary Governor of District 9685, Peter Ward. This District covers our local Rotary Clubs. My thanks to all of the representatives present for the magnificent contributions that Rotary makes to improving and supporting our community.
  • Please join me for the opening of Hawkesbury Regional Gallery’s next exhibition tomorrow night, Friday, 7 July from 6-8pm. It is a free exhibition exploring ideas, experiences and creative responses to notions of ageing in our society and communities. It comprises two parts: an in-house exhibition, Time Leaves its Mark,  featuring the work Jo Ernsten, Pablo Grover, Leahlani Johnson, Nicole Toms and David White (with a commissioned series of portraits of senior Hawkesbury artists), as well as a display of photographs titled The Art of Ageing toured by the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services.
    At 6.30pm there will be a floor talk by the exhibition curator, Elissa Blair, and artist David Newman-White, who has produced a series of portraits of senior Hawkesbury artists especially for the exhibition.
  • I was fascinated by the variety of artist styles and interpretations when local artists painted my portrait at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery last week. They are now on exhibition at the Gallery. So much talent and so many different styles. It was a new and unnerving experience to sit for a portrait but everyone did their best to help me feel comfortable while they worked their magic. Thank you so much to the many but quite unexpected visits from community members, you made me feel very special!
  • Just a quick note about roadwork that is being carried out on Putty Road at Wilberforce and Bells Line of Road at Kurrajong. Roads and Maritime Services is repairing joints on the bridge across Howes Creek and drains near Moles Road, working day and night shifts until late September. The Bells Line work is resurfacing the road from the Kurrajong traffic lights to 150m west of them, and it is expected to finish by Thursday, 27 July.

Mayoral Column

Ratepayers will receive a special information pack with their rates notice called ‘Investing in Your Future’. It’s about a proposal for a Special Rate Variation that would commence in July 2018.

Residents have told Council that the condition of many of our assets are not meeting their expectations, and that Council needs to invest more money in maintaining and upgrading our assets and services.

Many of you in our community have already seen Council staff and Councillors actively engaging with our community about the future of our Council. Now we need your input to help us with some important decisions about our community assets and services.

The Investing in Your Future brochure outlines three funding options for community members to consider: 1. Reduce 2. Stabilise or 3. Improve. Each option will have a different impact on local assets and the quality of services that Council can deliver into the future. As part of community consultation, Council will have information kiosks at shopping centres and markets as well as town meetings, an online survey and a telephone survey. Information will also be available online and in publications.

Residents can participate by returning the reply paid postcard with their rates notices or by participating in the online survey at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/investing-in-your-future

For further information, attend one of the many town meetings or information kiosks being held throughout the Hawkesbury from Saturday, 15 July until Saturday, 12 August. Go to www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au for more information as well as meeting locations and times or call Customer Service on 4560 4444. Community consultation for Investing in Your Future will conclude on Sunday, 13 August 2017.

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