8 June 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Councillor John Ross and I recently attended the Local Government Professionals Australia National Congress in Hobart. The congress was themed ' A fresh perspective on leadership for the local government of today and tomorrow'. We both found that there was a focus on innovation, technology and leadership.
    I found the workshops on gender equality in the sector, engaging the community through social media and being prepared for crises to be interesting and thought-provoking. I also enjoyed hearing about the achievements of other Councils and the challenges they are currently facing.
  • It is with nervous excitement that I will be sitting for a Mayoral Portrait on Wednesday, 28 June from 11am to 1pm at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery with 12 local artists. It’s all part of the annual Archibald Prize touring exhibition currently on display. Feel free to come and watch their progress on the day, and even share in my trepidation! You are also welcome to view the finished works on the Mezzanine at the Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor, from Thursday, 29 June.
    Don’t miss out on the Archibald Prize touring exhibition, which runs until Sunday, 2 July. First awarded in 1921, it is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art awards. I saw some amazing work at the opening recently. It’s a great way 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.
  • Council will host free community events for the 150th commemoration of the June 1867 Hawkesbury flood, which is the highest-ever recorded flood in our local history. I encourage you to attend as many events as possible. It’s a great chance for us all to get together to mark this historical event and to also learn about the potentially devastating effects of floods.


Hawkesbury Central Library, Windsor

Daily until 31 August

FLOOD - implications for the present
A free display from Infrastructure New South Wales that highlights the modern flood strategy, as well as information about the historic 1867 flood. The display can be viewed during library opening hours.at Deerubbin Centre (Ground Floor), 300 George Street, Windsor.

Friday, 23 June

Hawkesbury Regional Museum:

All day until 9pm - FLOOD! Award-winning exhibition
11am and 2pm - Flood tour - 90 minute walk
All day until 9pm - Flood Boat Display

Thompson Square, Windsor:

5pm-9pm - an ‘Evening in the Square’ - food stalls, music, storytelling and performers.

Saturday, 24 June

Hawkesbury Regional Museum:

All day until 4pm - FLOOD! Award-winning exhibition
11am - Flood tour - 90 minute walk
1pm - FLOOD! Curator tour
All day until 4pm - Flood boat display
2pm Boatmen to the Rescue - History talk of flood rescue
3pm - An ‘Afternoon in the Garden’ at Howe House

Sunday, 25 June

9am - St Matthews Catholic Church will dedicate their normal Sunday morning mass to the flood commemoration and the Eather Family.

2pm - A combined church service - Catholic and Anglican as well as other denominations - will be held at St Mathews Anglican Church, Windsor. It will include a short Christian service and then discussion dedicated to history and education about past floods and flooding in general. Infrastructure NSW will assist in the historical information and State Emergency Services in the current flood issues.

For more information and event updates, visit our website or Hawkesbury Events Facebook

Mayoral Column

I’m pleased to announce that Hawkesbury City Council will be a major sponsor of the 2017 Local Business Awards to be run by Precedent Productions Pty Ltd later this year.

Council has been a major sponsor of the Local Business Awards over many years. The Business Awards event is one of the many ways in which Council supports the local business community.

The Hawkesbury 2017 Local Business Awards will be launched towards the end of June, with the Awards Night to be held at the Windsor Function Centre on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. The Awards Program will be very active during July and August in the Hawkesbury area, when local businesses are nominated and judged.

Awards will be presented for Business of the Year, Youth Business Person of the Year, Business Person of the Year and Business Longevity. A new awards category has been added called ‘The Community Access and Inclusion Award’. This Award will acknowledge initiatives from businesses that improve services so that the whole community can participate fully in the social and cultural life of the community.

Award winners receive trophies, gifts and media coverage and other gifts which is a positive way to encourage our local businesses and help them receive much deserved promotion. Watch local media for upcoming details and visit https://thebusinessawards.com.au for more information.

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