17 August 2017
From the Mayor's Desk
- To help all ratepayers understand their recent land revaluations, how their land value has been determined, and the way land value affects rates, Hawkesbury City Council is holding a community information session with representatives from the Valuer General of NSW.
I encourage you all to come along to have all your questions about land valuation answered. It will be held on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 from 6:30pm at Windsor Function Centre, 2 Dight Street, Windsor. No RSVP required.
Please bring along your land valuation notice, and any questions you may have. Ratepayers can make further enquiries about land values by contacting Valuation Services Property NSW on 1800 110 038 or email@example.com
- Council received an official visit from our Sister Cities at last week’s Council Meeting and I was delighted to meet them all. Tina Tallack, President of the Hawkesbury Sister City Association introduced the students from Temple City, USA and Kyotamba, Japan, who are participating in current Sister City Exchanges. I presented certificates to the Sister City Exchange students who are enjoying their stay in Australia.
- Mark Tedeschi AM QC and Senior Crown Prosecutor for NSW will visit Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor on Tuesday, 5 September from 6pm to 7:30pm to discuss his new book, Murder at Myall Creek, the most sensational trial of mass murder in Australia’s legal history. This is a free author talk however bookings are essential via www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call 4560 4460. Refreshments will be provided from 6pm.
- Our former Emeritus Mayor, Rex Stubbs, will be remembered at the second Dr Rex Stubbs OAM Commemorative History Symposium to be held on Saturday, 9 September at the Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor. The free, fully catered event recognises Dr Stubbs’ commitment to the Hawkesbury community, and aims to promote interest in the unique history of the Hawkesbury. Aimed primarily at Hawkesbury historical societies and heritage related groups, as well as those in the wider region, interested residents are also welcome to attend - RSVP is essential to Prue Charlton (02) 4560 4434 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Considering that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3.7% of the Hawkesbury population, I’m pleased to let you know that Council is embarking on a new journey to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP will outline practical actions that Council will take to build stronger relationships and enhanced respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The RAP framework is based on the three key principles; Relationships, Respect and Opportunities.
Council’s engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has focused on activities that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or events that commemorate Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week. We are now hoping to deepen our work with, and commitment to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan.
In order to develop and implement a successful RAP, Council is seeking members of the local community to join the RAP Working Group. The Working Group will be responsible for developing the RAP. Darug and Darkinjung people are strongly encouraged to apply.
This Working Group is to be formed in accordance with the Council resolution No.138 from the Ordinary Council Meeting of 9 May 2017. For more information or to obtain an Expression of Interest Form for Community Representation on Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, please visit Council's website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or contact Meagan Ang on (02) 4560 4502. Expressions of Interest will close at 5pm on Friday, 15 September 2017.
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