10 August 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • We have recently completed our Investing in Your Future Consultation and Survey. Thank you to all of our community members who came along to hear the message and ask questions about the funding options available to help to meet community expectations for asset service levels in the future and a proposed Special Rate Variation (SRV).
    Our consultation during July and August included 10 town meetings across the Hawkesbury including St Albans, Pitt Town and Kurrajong as well as 11 information kiosks in many shopping centres and markets including Bilpin, Richmond, Bligh Park, Windsor, Wilberforce, South Windsor, North Richmond and Glossodia.
    The outcome of the ‘Investing in Your Future’ community consultations are now being collated and will be reported to Council in late August or early September 2017 so that Council can take into account the views of residents in determining the preferred investment option.
    Thank you to everyone for their input and it is great that so many people can see the merit of Council’s plan to secure a financially sustainable future for the Hawkesbury. For all the details of the consultation visit www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/investing-in-your-future
  • Don’t forget to enter the 2017 Hawkesbury Garden Competition - entries close Friday, 25 August 2017.
    Simply click on the garden competition icon at the bottom of Council’s website homepage or click here.
    Entrants can select one of the seven categories to enter this year’s competition, with all entrants going in the running for Grand Champion Garden and Best Regional Garden. Judging will take place in mid-September with entrants to be notified of the schedule of judging closer to the date.
    Hawkesbury City Council is proud to sponsor the 2017 Hawkesbury Garden Competition in partnership with Hawkesbury Camera Club and Windsor RSL. For more information, email gardencomp@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4560 4444.
  • I enjoyed meeting several Ashikaga Minami High School students from Japan recently, who came to visit our Council Chambers in Windsor and hear about Local Government in Australia. As part of their eight days in Australia they enjoyed home stays with local families and visited interesting locations in the Hawkesbury and Sydney.
    Ashikaga Minami High School in Japan is the sister school of Hawkesbury High School in Freemans Reach. Several students from Hawkesbury High School have also had home stays in Japan to learn about their culture, language and food.

Mayoral Column

Hawkesbury City Councilhas joined forces with over 30 councils across Australia, representing more than 3 million people, as part of the Cities Power Partnership which hopes to slash emissions and combat climate change in our own backyards.

I attended the program’s national launch in Canberra recently and I was thrilled to see so many local council representatives becoming ‘climate champions’ and leaders.

This exciting partnership is a great opportunity for Hawkesbury City Council to continue to collaborate with the Climate Council, other Councils and their communities to work towards a more sustainable future. I believe this partnership will give us realistic and effective ways to encourage clean energy technology, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and other climate solutions, all at a local level.

The partnership also presents a number of benefits and opportunities for Council and our community.  This includes reducing greenhouse gas production, which will help to limit the impacts of climate change on our natural environment, in particular our World Heritage Areas and the Hawkesbury River Valley, both of which are also important economic and tourist assets. Council is already actively reducing its operational costs through energy and water saving initiatives and we will continue to seek these savings.

In coming months, Council will submit a report recommending five actions for Council to focus upon in relation to activities such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport and advocacy. For more information about the Cities Power Partnership, visit http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au

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