Community celebrates Hawkesbury Fest for Local Government Week

Families and community members came out by the thousands to celebrate Hawkesbury Fest at Governor Phillip Park, Windsor on Sunday, 29 July 2018.

The inaugural event was a hit with the local community and visitors alike, with the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett receiving plenty of positive feedback about the new playground and the free community event.

“It’s been wonderful to hear so much good news about our upgraded park and new playground at Governor Phillip Park,” the Mayor said.

“I want to congratulate the playground designers and landscapers on creating such an active and fun area for children and their families to enjoy, and all the Council staff involved who made sure we delivered this outcome on time to celebrate Local Government Week.

“The new playground looks fantastic,” she continued.

“I’m really impressed with the natural colours and the natural elements used in the playground as well - the natural sandstone, the timber bridge, the grey coloured lizard and, of course, the brick smugglers’ tunnel, which is a tribute to the legend of the hidden smugglers tunnel at Thompson Square in Windsor.

“There’s even a crawling net which is reminiscent of the yabbie catchers used by our local Darug people along the Hawkesbury River,” she said.

“Everyone enjoyed the festive atmosphere in the winter sun. Plenty of people visited our Council tent for information and free reusable bottles so that they could fill their bottles at the free water filling stations.

“Our waste education tent was popular too, with many people coming over to hear about the Hawkesbury’s War on Waste and to receive a free Keep Cup after signing the pledge to reuse their cups instead,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett added.

“Hawkesbury Bushcare gave loads of free advice to our community members and as well as hundreds of native trees and plants to celebrate National Tree Day.”

The Mayor also congratulated Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter staff and the Rescue Groups in attendance for all the help and advice that they gave to local pet owners on the day. Free microchipping vouchers were also given out.

“For anyone who hasn’t visited our upgraded park and new playground, I encourage you to come along with your family and friends for a picnic by the Hawkesbury River, to relax and play.”

The new playground includes a children’s bicycle path, water play area and a variety of equipment which aims to encourage balancing, climbing, sliding, spinning and exploration.

The free event included amusement rides, craft activities, face painting, sheep dog trials, giveaways, soccer darts and dog competitions.

The event also showcased various aspects of Hawkesbury City Council including the Library, Gallery, Museum and community services.

Community feedback to Council included:

“Thank you for a lovely family day out along the beautiful Hawkesbury River. Everything was planned to perfection. Well done.”

“Great day and a great event! Love the new playground too!”

“Really great event, thank you and hope to see more of this in the Hawkesbury.”

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