21 September 2017

  • My heartfelt thanks to our wonderful Hawkesbury community for your generous and immediate support in crowdfunding for the stolen Marriage Equality banner at Council’s Administration Building this week. Over $1000 was raised and it meant that we could replace the banner and re-install it. I would also like to point out that Council has Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) enabled around its Administration Building for security.
    Last Sunday’s theft (17 September) of the banner has only made people even more aware and supportive of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual community in the Hawkesbury.
    Council is proud to support Marriage Equality, and, along with the banner, which states: ‘Hawkesbury City Council supports Marriage Equality. Vote Yes’, a rainbow flag is also flying outside Council Chambers until the postal survey for same sex marriage concludes on 7 November.
  • With the hot summer weather upon us snakes are out and about in the Hawkesbury region.  I’m always in the lookout for snakes when I’m walking around Kurrajong. Summer is also the time that many locals like to get out and explore our surrounding national parks and rivers.
    The Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre now stocks an excellent Snake Bite Kit for only $19 which includes an emergency action card, two heavy compression bandages, two triangle bandages and detailed snake bite first aid instructions. These same instructions are used in ‘wilderness first aid courses’ throughout Australia.
    To buy the Snake Bite Kit and find out more about the range of bushwalks in the Hawkesbury drop into the Visitor Information Centre at Ham Common (opposite the RAAF base), which is open 7 days with wonderful, friendly staff at 328 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Richmond (a short walk from Clarendon train station).  You can also call the VIC on 4560 4620 for more information.
  • While I’m on the subject of the Visitor Information Centre, I’m happy to let you know that families can collect a booklet ‘Best Cycle Rides Around The Hawkesbury’ free to the first 150 families that visit the Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre in Clarendon and ask for the booklet – but hurry, the offer ends Sunday, 1 October.
    Usually priced at $6, this handy, pocket sized guide contains twelve rides, maps and detailed routes, road and safety recommendations and latest cycling rules. All levels of cyclists are catered for – from beginners and children, to the more experienced recreational rider.
    NSW Bike Week is an annual celebration of cycling and road safety during 16–24 September 2017 and it’s a great time for local and visiting cyclists to enjoy the benefits of local cycleways and shared paths, while enjoying many of the scenic attractions around the Hawkesbury. Visit www.transportnsw.info/bikeweek for information regarding NSW Bike Week events which run throughout September in various part of Sydney and NSW.

Mayoral Column

I’m pleased to tell you that Hawkesbury City Council has been reassessed by the State Government as ‘Fit For The Future’. Fit for the Future (FFTF) is a Local Government reform program initiated by the State Government in 2014.

From July 2015 Council commenced the implementation of 20 expenditure and revenue measures as part of its FFTF Improvement and Council engaged with the community to gather information from residents on their satisfaction and expectations of Council’s services and facilities. When the proposed Council merger of Hawkesbury and The Hills Shire was dropped, Hawkesbury City Council submitted its Council-endorsed, revised FFTF improvement plans to OLG for reassessment in November 2016 and in late August 2017 Council was notified of its reassessment as Fit.

I am excited by the future for the Hawkesbury now that Council has been given the green light and declared Fit by the State Government. This is great news for the Hawkesbury community, after our strong fight in 2016 - when Council and the community united to remain a stand-alone Council when a merger was on the table.

Council will continue to do its best for the community, including monitoring our performance to ensure we deliver the improvements committed to within the FFTF process, and so that we can continue to strengthen our financial position overall. As Council undertakes its current cycle of Integrated Planning and Reporting, we will ensure that the strategies and actions identified in our FFTF Improvement Plan are reflected in Council’s new Delivery Program and Resourcing Strategy. For the key results from the reassessment of Council, please visit http://www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/home

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