2 March 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Today, Thursday, 2 March, is the big day for our great community celebration at McLeod Park from 10am to midday. This free Council event will include a pop-up library, Council sponsored free sausage sizzle cooked by the Rotary Club of Windsor and a giant Connect-4 game for everyone to play. The celebration will be an opportunity for local residents to connect with community services in the area. It will also be a chance for everyone to come out to see the upgraded park and bring their families along to enjoy the fun.
  • This week is Road Rules Awareness Week and it provides a chance for all road users to improve their knowledge of NSW road rules. Roads and Maritime Services is promoting awareness about commonly misunderstood road rules on bus CCTV and train stations. RMS is also holding a live Facebook Q&A at 5:30pm today,Thursday, 2 March to give community members the chance to clarify any misunderstood road rules, and posting animations; infographics and quiz questions on Facebook. To view the top misunderstood road rules video animations visit the Road Rules Awareness Week page.
  • On Sunday, 5 March I will be attending a special YMCA Swimathon and Family Fun Day at Oasis Aquatic and Leisure Centre, located at the corner of Church and Drummond Street, South Windsor. It will run from 10am to 2pm. I’m proud to announce that $760,000 in Council funded refurbishments are now complete and to celebrate we will host an official launch at 10:30am with a celebratory cake and activities including face painting, a jumping castle, games and of course cooling off in the pool. I encourage everyone to come along.
  • Clean Up Australia Day will also be held on Sunday, 5 March so I hope we will have lots of Hawkesbury residents joining a team or registering to keep the Hawkesbury beautiful. Volunteers can search already registered sites at Clean Up Australia Day and you can register online or on the day.
  • As many of you know, Council staff, Councillors and I have been out in the community meeting local residents for the past month to hear about your local concerns and to let you know about our Draft Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017-2036. I’m pleased to say that we have now completed our Town Meetings and Listening Kiosks about the Draft Hawkesbury Community Plan. Our Town Meeting at St Albans on Saturday, 25 February attracted 60 locals - a great end to the town meetings. We’ve had many interested community members attending our meetings and dropping into Listening Kiosks at various shopping centres with questions and feedback and the involvement has been fabulous to say the least. Council still has on line surveys and submissions open until Sunday, 12 March. I encourage you to have your say at Your Hawkesbury Your Say or direct link.  Just click on the 'Survey' tab next to the 'News Feed' tab.

Mayoral Column

I'm really passionate about recycling and I'd like to encourage all Hawkesbury residents to ‘recycle right'. Last year Council ran a bin inspection program in some of our areas where there was lots of contamination. This meant we had inspectors look in our residents recycling and organics bins.  Congratulations Hawkesbury residents, so many of you are doing such a great job keeping the plastics and contaminants out of your recycling and organics bins.

Council is going to hold another round of bin inspections in March. This means that inspectors will again be looking in your bins when they are out on the kerb, they won't be going through your rubbish or tipping out your bin. They will be checking for any plastics or contamination in the bins.

If you are doing a great job and keeping the plastics out of your bin, you will receive a green Smiley Face Bin Tag. If there are some plastics or other contamination in your bin, you will receive a red Contamination Sad Face Bin Tag that will help you to know in the future about how to sort correctly.

For further information or for a range of great resources such as the A-Z Reuse and Recycling Guide for the Hawkesbury and the Household Waste Guide 2016-2017, visit Council's website or call Customer Service on (02) 4560 4444.

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