25 May 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Last week I attended a Floodplain Conference in Newcastle along with Councillors Danielle Wheeler and Peter Reynolds. We found that much of the focus was on preparing for the next big flood and referencing the 1867 flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley. What is very clear is that the aim of the recently released flood strategy for the valley aims to reduce current and future risk to life. There were also speakers and trade displays from across Australia and internationally, bringing different perspectives both on flood events and measures for mitigation, modelling, and rescue and recovery.
  • I also want to share with you that Council will be hosting a range of events focused around the commemoration of the June 1867 Hawkesbury flood, which is the highest-ever recorded flood in our local history.
  • In the lead up to commemorative activities on Friday, 23 June, Saturday 24 June and Sunday, 25 June, the next Hawkesbury Family History meeting topic on Wednesday, 14 June will discuss ‘Remembering the 1867 Flood’. Hawkesbury Library’s Local History Librarian, Michelle Nichols, will look at the devastating impact that this unprecedented disaster had on the district.
    The presentation will include some of the accounts of this tragedy, as well as some of the consequences of the Great Flood of 1867. Anyone interested in local and family history is welcome to attend this free event, which starts at 10am at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor. There is no need to book. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
    The exhibition ‘Flood!’ can also be seen at the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, 8 Baker Street, Windsor. Open Wednesday to Monday 10am-4pm, closed Tuesdays.
    I will let you know about more events as they come in. Also, for more details about upcoming events based around the 1867 Great Flood, please check in on Council’s website or Hawkesbury Events Facebook, in the lead up to June 2017.
  • For history and movie buffs alike, I suggest you come along to the Hawkesbury Regional Museum this Saturday,  27 May at 2pm. There will be a special presentation by Glen Op’ Den Brouw called ’From The Hawkesbury to Hollywood’. It costs only $5 with refreshments provided, so bring your family and friends!
    It will be about Australia's most prolific, and arguably the hardest working actor in Hollywood, Frank Hagney. Born in Sydney in 1884, Frank attended school in Richmond where his mother ran the Royal Hotel, later moving to Liverpool. From boy soldier in the Boer War to winner of the Marathon Rowing World Championship at the age of 44, the life and times of Frank Hagney is a Boy's Own adventure and it’s all true. He had roles in over 400 films and TV serials over a 50-year career.
    Glen Op’ Den Brouw’s delightful presentation will feature many excerpts of Frank's forgotten Hollywood roles in films such as It's a Wonderful Life, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Ride Him Cowboy, and the TV serial, Daniel Boone. Bookings essential through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/d/hawkesbury-regional-museum
    The Museum is located at 8 Baker Street, Windsor, phone (02) 4560 4655. Hours are Wednesday to Monday 10am-4pm, Tuesdays by appointment.

Mayoral Column

A local not for profit organisation called Hawkesbury Heartstart is helping community groups to become host sites for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) with top up funding for defibrillator installations. Organisations such as the Lions Club of Hawkesbury South and Hawkesbury Doctors Group have received AEDs thanks to Hawkesbury Heartstart. There are currently 38 AEDs in the Hawkesbury with the potential of saving someone you love.

A defibrillator is an easy to use electrical device that provides a shock to the heart when there is a life-threatening arrhythmia present. The heart loses any controlled rhythm it has, with no cardiac output able to be achieved.  A defibrillator provides a shock so that the heart can start rhythmically contracting again, providing blood flow to the brain and vital organs to support life.

Council also has AEDs at two Council facilities, the Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor and the Visitor Information Centre at Clarendon. The installation of these machines is of considerable community benefit, as both sites attract many visitors and recreational users at surrounding parks and gardens.

The organisation’s founder, Dr Ravi Sahasrabuddhe, recently told me it is urgent to get a lot more units out into the community. Community groups, sporting clubs or individuals are asked to conduct their own fundraising for a defibrillator where possible but Hawkesbury Heartstart can also help with funding shortfalls. Just look up Hawkesbury Heartstart on Facebook to download an application for funding assistance or to make a tax deductible donation.

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