31 October 2019

Mayoral Column

Hawkesbury City Council proudly hosted a Community Appreciation Party recently to thank our many volunteers and community service representatives.

The Hawkesbury is unique when it comes to volunteering. The census tells us that one in five people over the age of 15 in our Hawkesbury community are actively volunteering. That seems like a remarkable number and shows us that the sense of giving back to the community starts young in the Hawkesbury.

Our dedicated community members and organisations are enriching the Hawkesbury community and its residents, and that is why we wanted to fully recognise everything they do and express our deep gratitude.

Hawkesbury Citizen of the Year, Ross Matheson, also gave a speech thanking all volunteers, including the many thousands of volunteers who assist with Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association year in and year out.

The enthusiastic Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Community Bushcare Officer Martin Gauci, who interviewed a few volunteers about their work and life in the Hawkesbury in a very entertaining manner.

Our guests were also treated to live entertainment, a roaming magician, a lolly bar and succulent plant gifts as a token of thanks.

The community members and volunteers in attendance represented a broad spectrum of the Hawkesbury community including non-profit community organisations and members of the services sector; business, commercial, educational, arts, historical and cultural sectors; representatives of the Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service; community organisations, committees and Council facilities.

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