7 September 2017

From the Mayor's Desk

  • I have great news for our local swimmers! Richmond Swimming Centre will be open for the 2017-2018 Summer Season in time for the September school holidays on Saturday, 23 September 2017.
    Learn to Swim lessons and Squad training will operate after school and on Saturday mornings in Term 4, 2017 and in Term 1, 2018. School Holiday Intensive Sessions will run for all levels during the summer school holidays in the lead up to School Swimming Carnivals. Club nights are hosted on Friday nights.
    The Swimming Pool will again be open until 7pm on weekdays throughout the School term to allow for longer lap swimming times. For 2017-2018 Opening Hours visit here or for more information please contact the Pool Superintendent on 4578 1349. The pool will be closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
  • School holidays are coming up and if you’re looking for great activities to entertain the kids then book in for some fun workshops at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and our Libraries.
    At the Gallery there will be a range of workshops from Wednesday, 27 September to Friday, 6 October, all running from 10am to midday including swishy fishy painting, pet plants from clay, make your own 3D paper skull sculpture, learn watercolour techniques painting some colourful marbles, making zombie key rings, and paper peacock pictures. $15 per session – all materials supplied, bookings essential through Eventbrite or call the Gallery on (02) 4560 4441. The Gallery is located at Deerubbin Centre (1st floor) 300 George Street, Windsor
  • Hawkesbury Library Service is offering a great program for creative kids these school holidays. There is plenty to do, from Lego workshops to crafty sessions, felt craft (one day is making a monster pencil case and another day is create a felt owl), and a colouring in drop in space which is open Monday, 25 September to Friday, 6 October, during library opening hours. All activities are for school aged children (children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult). Some workshops have a small fee, payable at time of booking.
    Bookings are essential for the school holiday workshops through Eventbrite or call (02) 4560 4460.
    Locations: Hawkesbury Central Library: Deerubbin Centre (ground floor) 300 George Street, Windsor or Richmond Branch Library: 29 West Market Street, Richmond.

Mayoral Column

Our former Emeritus Mayor, Rex Stubbs, will be remembered at the second Dr Rex Stubbs OAM Commemorative History Symposium during History Week on Saturday, 9 September. It will be held at the Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor. Something new this year is that it will be open to the general public as well as historical societies and heritage related groups and I am happy to invite you all to this free event. The fully catered event recognises Dr Stubbs’ commitment to the Hawkesbury community, and aims to promote interest in the unique history of the Hawkesbury. RSVP is essential to Prue Charlton (02) 4560 4434 or pcharlton@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

As the Mayor of Hawkesbury, I will have the honour of officially welcoming everyone to the symposium, which features an impressive line-up of speakers including:

  • Dr Tanya Evans, New approaches to local, family and public history
  • Courtney Page-Allen and Dr Rebecca Fleming, Quality publications made easy
  • Michelle Nichols, Hawkesbury Images, online database of historical images
  • Christine Fernon, Transplanted Lives: the first three fleets and their families

Dr Stubbs was a highly active member of Hawkesbury City Council, giving 26 years of service as a Councillor, including ten terms as Mayor. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2001 for service to local government and to the Hawkesbury community. Dr Stubbs had an abiding interest in art, history and culture. He also championed the development of Hawkesbury Regional Museum and Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, and he was a member and President of Hawkesbury Historical Society for nearly 30 years.

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