23 March 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • I’m pleased to announce on behalf of Council that Mr Peter Conroy has been appointed as Council’s new General Manager, commencing Monday, 1 May 2017. Mr Conroy has over 30 years’ experience working in Local Government and he has held executive management roles at Leichhardt Council and Campbelltown City Council. His most recent role since 2015 has been as the Director Planning and Infrastructure at Willoughby City Council. His senior management experience in Local Government will be a great addition to our Council and staff.
  • As a part of our community consultation to develop the Hawkesbury Disability Inclusion Access Plan, Council will host a Mental Health Forum at Hawkesbury Leisure and Learning Centre, 114 March St, Richmond on Thursday, 30 March 2017. Two sessions will be held and you can choose between either 1:30pm to 4pm or 5:30pm to 8pm. Mental health consumers and health service providers will present on the day, followed by a facilitated discussion to identify ways in which we can work together to improve the well-being of our community. RSVP is required as light refreshments will be available – please provide details of dietary requirements for catering purposes. Please provide details of any special access requirements. RSVP through Eventbrite
  • Free asbestos fibro collections will soon be available for Hawkesbury households. In partnership with the Western Sydney Regional Organisation Councils and the NSW EPA, Council is offering free collection of loose asbestos fibro sheeting for 40 local residential households. Collections will be carried out by licensed asbestos removal contractors and are available for removal of up to a maximum of ten square metres (10m2) of asbestos fibro sheeting per household. Availability is strictly limited and conditions apply. Please register your interest by 14 April 2017. Collections will occur the week of 15-19 May 2017. This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.
  • I feel very connected to Hawkesbury’s heritage as I’m sure that many of you in our community do too. Owners and managers of local heritage items now have the chance to apply for heritage funding for local conservation projects through the State Government’s Office of Heritage and Environment. These grants aim to help conserve our local heritage so I encourage owners and managers of heritage items, as well as businesses, not-for-profit organisations and industry associations to apply. There are two heritage funding programs open for application:
    • $2.67 million is available under the second round of Heritage Activation Grants program - open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on Council's Local Environmental Plan. Applications under the Heritage Activation program close on Monday, 21 April.
    • $2 million is available under the first round of the Local Heritage Strategic Projects Program - proposed projects can include conservation and repair work, the development of heritage management, strategy and policy plans and projects developed to specifically raise community awareness, knowledge and understanding of local heritage. Applications under the Local Heritage Strategic Projects Program are open all year round subject to available funding.
    For more information on both programs visit the Office of Environment & Heritage.

Mayoral Column

A special event on our Hawkesbury calendar, EquiFest, will be held from Thursday, 30 March to Sunday, 2 April and I encourage as many of you as possible to come along and share in the thrill and excitement of this equine event. While it is a ticketed event, entry will be free on 30 March, so there’s every chance to come along and support these brilliant riders and their champion steeds.

EquiFest is a multidisciplinary equestrian event run by Equine Productions and we are expecting hundreds of riders, their coaches, friends and family, as well as exhibition personnel and thousands of spectators to attend, which will help to stimulate our local economy. Council is sponsoring EquiFest and this will be one of the biggest equine events that the Hawkesbury has seen so I hope it will greatly benefit the Hawkesbury.

The show jumping championships will see the top riders in Australia attempt great heights to win $15,000. The young rider show jumping championships offer a winner’s prize of $40,000. There will also be free entertainment, mounted games, dressage, show horses (miniature, pony, and heavy horses), NSW Mounted Police display and an action-packed ‘6-Bar competition’. Horses and their riders will even have the chance to clear an impressive 2.33 metres to claim the Australian record and $70,000 in prize money for the ‘Puissance Wall’ from Europe. Visit the Equifest website for more information and to purchase tickets (remember free entry on 30 March!).

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