26 July 2018

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Hawkesbury City Council is calling for nominations for the annual Natalie Burton Memorial Award on behalf of the Burton, Turner and Lawrance families. Nominations close Friday, 17 August 2018.

    The award is intended for a recipient who has faced a challenging circumstance and, despite this adversity, has still succeeded through their personal application and determination. This could be a disability, illness or a serious accident, the loss of a family member or other situations that sometimes present in life.

    The award is open to male or female students and is not restricted to academic achievement; it may take the form of community, sporting or general achievements and improvements.

    Residents are encouraged to nominate any Hawkesbury high school student, whom they feel is a worthy recipient and they could be awarded with the prestigious Natalie Burton Memorial Award trophy and $200 prize money.

    Nomination forms are available online www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/services/people/community-awards/the-natalie-burton-memorial-award or at Council Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor, Richmond Branch Library and Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor or by calling 4560 4430.

    I would also like to encourage you to consider nominations for some other very special awards before the deadlines close, please see the details below.
  • Do you know a rural woman volunteer within your local government area you would like to acknowledge for their contribution to the community? Nominations close Monday, 30 July 2018.

    NSW Department of Primary Industries' Rural Women’s Network program is seeking your help to uncover female volunteers within NSW rural communities before 30 July 2018.

    These worthy women in your electorate will be included in the NSW Department of Primary Industries Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

    Women are so often the backbone of families and communities and without their support many groups including charities, emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sporting organisations would struggle to survive.

    The Hidden Treasures project was created to promote and document the work of these remarkable women. It is not an award program but a public tribute to the vast number of rural women who give their time and energy to help others across their community.

    Nominations can be completed online at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures .All rural women nominated will be included in the Honour Roll. Please call 6391 3706 if you need help with your nomination.
  • The National Australia Day Council is accepting public nominations for the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards. Nominations close midnight Tuesday, 31 July2018. They could be quiet achievers, community members, leaders in their field of work, household names or unknown heroes.  Nominations are open to all members of the public across four categories: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.  Nominating is quick and easy – simply complete the online nomination form at www.australianoftheyear.org.au or call 1300 655 193 for assistance in submitting your nomination.

Mayoral Column

Hawkesbury City Council and Windsor RSL are embarking on a new partnership to launch a revitalisation program for Windsor using a $200,000 grant from Windsor RSL. The innovative program will involve funding a position to work with Council and existing landowners to activate the ‘High Street’ Commercial Centres of Windsor and South Windsor and boost the local economy.

Windsor RSL and Council will engage a specialist practitioner to develop and implement the project. I hope this initiative will stimulate the local economy of Windsor and South Windsor, and so help to grow the visitor economy, local employment, development and investment. The Hawkesbury has a lot to offer, and there are many great business opportunities yet to be opened up in this area.

A Town Centres Masterplan Project Group, which consists of Councillor Danielle Wheeler as Chair and six community representatives, has also been formed as part of the Revitalisation Program. The Project Group is assisting Council with the creation of Master Plans for a number of Town Centres within the Hawkesbury Local Government Area.

On behalf of the Hawkesbury City Council and our community, I would like to thank Windsor RSL for funding the engagement of a specialist to revitalise the Business Centres of Windsor, and partnering with Council to re-establish Windsor as a thriving community in the North West of Sydney.

For more information about the new initiative to revitalise Windsor and surrounds, please contact Council’s Placemaking Coordinator Charles Liggett on 4560 4527.

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