26 October 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • Award winning, best-selling author Judy Nunn will visit at Hawkesbury Central Library on Tuesday, 14 November from 10:30am to 12pm to talk about her latest novel, Sanctuary. Some of you may even remember her acting roles in various Aussie TV soapies such as a The Box, Prisoner, Sons and Daughters and Home and Away. Judy’s latest novel follows the tribulations of a group of refugees whose rickety wooden dingy runs aground on a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, and a tiny fishing community forty kilometres away on the mainland where nothing ever changes – until now. It is a tale of the human spirit where compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimate despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia. Judy’s career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided to turn her hand to prose. She has since developed a love of writing Australian historically-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish.  Copies of Judy’s book will be available for purchase and signing. This is a free event with refreshments included. Booking are essential, to book go to www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call 4560 4460. The event will be held at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor.
  • Come along to the giant book sale at Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor from 9am on Thursday, 16 November until Tuesday, 21 November during Library opening hours - until stocks run out.

    The Library will have fiction and non-fiction books, as well as DVDs and CDs for children, teens and adults.Grab a bargain and discover some hidden treasures at the same time. The book sale will be held in the Charles Harpur Room, located within Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor. For more information, call the Library on 4560 4460.

    Award winning, best-selling author Judy Nunn will visit at Hawkesbury Central Library on Tuesday, 14 November from 10:30am to 12pm to talk about her latest novel, Sanctuary
  • Kurrajong-A-Buzz will be held on Sunday, 19 November, at Kurrajong Village to celebrate pollinator week. I encourage you to come along and bring your friends and families. This free event is being organised by Kurrajong Community Forum with Hawkesbury City Council as a proud sponsor of the event.

    This year Kurrajong-a-Buzz welcomes Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mount Tomah staff as part of the event, which will be entertaining and educating visitors with speakers, activities and games around pollination and other plant-animal interactions.

    Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mount Tomah has also arranged for Dr Megan Halcroft, the original initiator of Pollinator Week in Australia, to speak on the importance of pollinators and native bees. Dr Halcroft’s free presentation will be held at Memorial Park in Kurrajong from 11:15am.

    As well as many other free activities, you can visit the ‘Buzz Zone’ at Memorial Park where farmers, environmental educators and native bee enthusiasts will be available to answer questions. A Pollinator Passport will entice visitors to learn about pollination, finishing with a planting activity and the chance to win prizes.

    The ‘Challenge Zone’ in the village will be the place to challenge the brain with pollinator themed free activities and the chance to win prizes. For children, the ‘Kids Zone’ will have bug themed activities including dress ups and face painting.  For the latest updates follow Kurrajong-a-Buzz on Facebook or contact Elizabeth Docking radocking@bigpond.com or 0438 670 753 or Lyn Ward lynward486@yahoo.com.au or 0411 107 456.

Mayoral Column

I know we all love the Hawkesbury and this Sunday is the time to really ‘Love Where We Live’ by getting involved in the Graffiti Removal Day. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at the reserve at the end of Youl Place, Bligh Park at 9:30am on Sunday, 29 October.

Graffiti vandalism costs local businesses, households, NSW Government and Hawkesbury City Council millions of dollars each year. This is money which could be invested into roads, sporting facilities, schools and hospitals.

Graffiti is one of the most visible crimes in our community. This initiative increases the sense of safety and pride in the community, as well as increasing the value of property by keeping buildings and structures in the area clean.

Council and Rotary are committed to combating graffiti, which is why we are proud to be working with the NSW Government, Graffiti Removal Australia and great sponsors such as Dulux, Selleys and Smart Graffiti on this event.

Over 1500 volunteers removed more than 20,500m2 of graffiti from 460 sites in NSW last year and I hope this year will be even bigger and better.

As a volunteer, you will be supplied with cleaning products, paint, safety equipment and training on how to safely remove graffiti. If you can’t make it on the Day, you can still support this great event by promoting it on Facebook, Instagram Twitter and Snapchat using the hashtags #GRD17 and #LoveWhereWeLive

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