Thanks for connecting with Council at the Show!

Fantastic attendance boosted the fun and excitement for all at the annual Hawkesbury Show, with visitors from across Australia and abroad connecting with the local community to enjoy everything the Show had on offer.

The Show was once again a resounding success with popular events including pig racing, bird shows, horse events, plus favourites such as wood chopping, art, crafts and agricultural exhibits, as well as the Isuzu D-Max Precision Driving Team, and celebrity guest Costa Georgiardis from Gardening Australia.

Around 7,000 people attended Hawkesbury City Council's display tent at the ShowThousands of people visited Hawkesbury City Council’s display tent, which featured a theme of ‘Connecting Our Community’, with 320 children making colourful paper chains to represent the theme and decorate the tent. Thanks to all the activities and decorations, Council won third prize for Best Public Service Exhibit.

Everyone loved the free plants provided by the Hawkesbury Community Nursery, with nursery volunteers giving away 900 plants and providing advice on the best plants and trees for different areas. There were also plenty of giveaways and kids competitions from Council and YMCA.

Teenagers and grandparents alike enjoyed using the free photo booth and around 1,200 people received free mop top pens. Fun kids’ activities included badge making and story time, while parents and carers took the chance to relax at Council’s tent and grab a free plant.

Council staff received plenty of interest in the Responsible Cafes program and the reusable cups which were available free to any adult who signed the pledge to keep reusing their cups and supporting responsible cafes.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett had morning tea with visitors to Council’s display every day of the Show, and she was delighted to see so many people connecting with each other and Council.

“It’s wonderful to meet the community and to find out how they’ve been enjoying the show, from seeing the craft and cooking displays to the thrilling rides,” the Mayor said.

“So many people talked with me about caring for the environment and they were very interested in reducing waste.

“Over three billion takeaway cups are used in Australia every year, almost none of which are recycled,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

“To help reduce the use of disposable cups, Council has entered into an exciting new partnership with Hawkesbury Environmental Network (HEN) and the nationally recognised Responsible Cafes.

“Congratulations to everyone who signed the pledge to use their reusable cup when buying takeaway hot drinks,” she added.

Around 1800 people signed the pledge to reuse their cup. A list of local cafes registered with the Responsible Cafes program, which are reducing waste and offering discounts to people reusing their cups, was also displayed at the tent and is also available on Council’s website. For more information about Responsible Cafes, please visit here.

Council will continue ‘Connecting Our Community’ with its annual community meetings in towns and villages throughout June. A Connecting Our Community launch event will also be held at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 300 George Street, Windsor. See here or Like Hawkesbury City Council’s Facebook page to be notified about upcoming dates and locations

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