18 May 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • I love our local libraries and I hope you do too! Library and Information Week from Monday, 22 to Friday, 28 May is a great chance to learn about the many resources and services available to you through your local library.
    Our popular Storytime for pre-schoolers will be celebrated at the annual National Simultaneous Storytime at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor on Wednesday, 24 May from 10:30am to midday. Children are invited to come dressed as their favourite nursery rhyme character to a fun party with games, songs and food. Puddles the Reading Dragon will arrive at 10:30am, with stories starting at 11am. Free, all welcome - no need to book.
  • Have you taken the pledge’ for Fatality Free Friday?  It is held on the last Friday in May every year and this year it will be Friday, 26 May 2017.
    Since its inception in 2007, the Fatality Free Friday campaign has continued to expand its operation and is now recognised as Australia’s only national community based road safety program. Fatality Free Friday is a driver awareness program that aims to have zero deaths on that one day. I have taken the pledge, along with many other community members, so I hope you do too. Many drivers will have their headlights on 26 May to mark the day’s pledge to always be fit to drive, to stay focused on the road, to scan the road ahead, to keep a safe distance and to drive to suit the conditions. To take the e-pledge and for more information visit www.fatalityfreefriday.com.au
  • As part of Hawkesbury Small Business Week from Monday, 5 to Friday, 9 June 2017, Hawkesbury City Council will host workshops to help businesses improve their skills in running a business every day. I encourage local businesses to get involved as you are all vital contributors to our Hawkesbury community and economy.
    Business skills workshops will be provided by program partners Western Sydney Business Centre and State Government agencies. To obtain the small business week program which includes details about business workshops, and to register, call Strategic Planner Fiona Mann at Council on (02) 4560 4579 or email fiona.mann@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
  • Karen Viggers, the award winning and internationally best-selling author, is visiting Hawkesbury Central Library on Tuesday, 6 June from 6pm to 7:30 pm, to talk about her novels which explore stories of history, humanity and controversy.
    Karen’s fiction novels are set in the Australian landscape, exploring connections with the bush and issues such as grief, healing in nature, family and friendship. Her books also tackle contentious issues including assisted suicide, kangaroo culling and scientific research on animals. Copies of Karen’s book will be available for purchase and signing. This is a free event with refreshments included. Booking are essential, to book go to www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call (02) 4560 4460. The event will be held at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor.

Mayoral Column

Several Councillors and I recently attended a wonderful function at Hawkesbury Regional Museum celebrating the Thematic History of the Hawkesbury. Council is proud to release this publication which is available via hard copy and electronic copy through Council’s website

The Thematic History highlights the fact that Darug people were the custodians of this land long before European settlement. Their custodianship of the land saw much of their lives centred around the river that they called Deerubbin but which we call Hawkesbury. They lived, sourced food and undertook their cultural life in close proximity to the river, but had a particular respect for the river’s ability to rise and flood.

The Thematic History also highlights how the Hawkesbury has been shaped and defined by its river and floodplain during the custodianship of Darug people and following European settlement.

I feel that it is so important to understand our significant history, and the publication of The Thematic History of the Hawkesbury will play its part in that.

In addition to providing copies at our libraries, we are providing copies of the document to all schools within the Hawkesbury so that they can encourage our future generations to understand our past and the significant factors that shaped the Hawkesbury we live in today. I encourage you to get a copy of the publication and to spread the word of its availability so that together we can showcase our Hawkesbury Heritage.

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