31 May 2018

From the Mayor's Desk

  • I had a wonderful time at the Australiana Pioneer Village for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea last Thursday, which raises money for people who are affected by cancer. Everyone was in great spirits and we raised lots of funding.  As well as morning tea in the original shearing shed, there were raffles and prizes for the best dressed The village is one of my favourite places to go for a special a morning tea as it is such a lovely location. The company was great too!
    Of course there are so many organisations, schools and workplaces in the Hawkesbury and across Australia who host morning teas for the Cancer Council. The Cancer Council's most popular fundraising event is now in its 25th year of celebrations. I hope everyone supports them. To donate visit https://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au
  • Have you heard about Council’s ‘Plastic Bag Free Hawkesbury’?
    With strong community support, Council has launched the campaign to help reduce the amount of plastic bags used in our local area. Now local shops are going plastic bag free and you can too! To learn more and take the pledge to go bag free, visit on our waste and recycling page.
    Next in Hawkesbury City Council’s free series of waste workshops for the community, Hawkesbury Library Service will run a workshop on plastic free living on Tuesday, 12 June from 10am to midday at Hawkesbury Central Library at 300 George Street, Windsor.  Margaret Mossakowska, who has appeared on ABC Gardening Australia, will be the presenter. In an effort to help reduce plastic from everyday life, Margaret will suggest alternatives to common products and demonstrate how to make safe, beeswax-infused wraps. Our workshop series is a Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the NSW Environment Protection Authority waste levy.
    Bookings are essential for this free event as places are limited. Book online or call (02) 4560 4460.
  • Council is Connecting Our Community with eight Town Meetings in June, where you can hear about the work Council is doing and the work Council has planned. The LAUNCH EVENT will be held on Wednesday, 6 June at 6pm at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 300 George Street, Windsor. Meetings are also planned for North Richmond, Glossodia, Pitt Town, Kurrajong, Colo Heights, Maraylya and St Albans. For details visit Council’s website. You can also provide a written or video question! Submit your question online.

Mayoral Column

A number of residents have been asking about the rate increase following the approval of Council’s Special Rate Variation Application by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Including the Special Rate Variation, there will be an average rate increase of $107 in the first year. The total increase of 9.5% will apply each year in July 2018, July 2019 and July 2020. For instance, in the financial year 2018/2019, a landowner with the land the value of $250,000 will pay a total increase of $69.54 while a landowner with land valued at $1 million will pay a total increase of $205.15. See the online rates calculator at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/council/business-with-council/rates/rates-calculator to see the rate increase for your property’s land value. There is also a table that can be used as a guide at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/investing-in-your-future

Residents told us during two years of community consultation which assets were the most important to them. As a result of the Special Rate Variation, there will be an $82 million works program which will include improving sealed roads, sealing gravel roads, upgrading community buildings, and new pathways. To see the works planned in the Hawkesbury during 2018-2019, please visit https://www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/27535/documents/77608

I also want to let you know that Council has a hardship policy, which can be viewed on the Rates Section of Council’s webpage at http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/council/business-with-council/rates Access to Council’s website is available free of charge at both Council libraries for library members and at Council’s Administration Building for residents. Otherwise, call our friendly Customer Service staff on 4560 4444.

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