$82,500 grants to be rolled over to 2021 for Light Up Windsor Christmas Trail

Hawkesbury City Council has regretfully cancelled the annual Light Up Windsor event for 2020 due to COVID-19 requirements. Council will, however, be installing Christmas trees in the town centres of Richmond and Windsor, with festoon lighting also being installed in Windsor Mall.

Council had been successful in receiving two grants for its application for the event. The next ‘Light Up Windsor Christmas Trail’ will now be held in 2021.

Council received $60,500 under the under the Federal Government’s Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant program. Council will also receive another $22,000 from the State Government’s Destination Sydney Surrounds North also under the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant program.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, confirmed the funding remained in place.

“I am pleased that Council and the Destination Sydney Surrounds Network have been able to work with our government to reach this outcome,” Senator Payne said.

“As the festive season approaches, I strongly encourage locals to support small and family businesses. The message is simple: shop local.”

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Patrick Conolly said that while it was disappointing that the event could not be held this year, it was pleasing that the grants could be rolled over for the following year.

“In 2021, the funding will be used to transform the existing ‘Light Up Windsor' event into a Christmas Trail which celebrates the town centre and surrounds of Windsor,” he said.

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) are providing the funding through the Regional Tourism Bushfire recovery grant.

Merry Christmas

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