Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

The fol­low­ing state­ment may be at­trib­uted to Rob Whe­lan, CEO of the Insurance Coun­cil of Aus­tralia:

“The Insurance Coun­cil of Aus­tralia (ICA) sup­ports the New South Wales Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment that it plans to raise the wall of Syd­ney’s War­ragamba Dam by 14 me­tres.

“De­tailed flood map­ping held by the ICA in­di­cates this step will help to pro­tect tens of thousands of homes from in­un­da­tion should the ex­ist­ing dam wall be un­able to cope with a pe­riod of sus­tained, sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall.

“The gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion aligns with the ICA’s con­sis­tent call for gov­ern­ments at all lev­els to in­vest more funds in pre-dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion in­fra­struc­ture, rather than spend­ing vastly greater amounts on post-dis­as­ter re­con­struc­tion and re­cov­ery ef­forts.

“The ICA will pro­vide data and guid­ance to as­sist the gov­ern­ment’s ex­pert task­force as it plans this sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in in­creas­ing the safety of western Syd­ney homes and busi­nesses.”


Red Cross, Cas­tle Hill Branch will hold it’s next meet­ing on Fri­day 8th July, from 9.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. in The Wex­ford Room, Level 1, Cas­tle Grand Li­brary Build­ing, Cas­tle Hill. Change of room for this meet­ing only.

New mem­bers wel­come. En­quiries 8850.7056.


Vol­un­teers needed for our English Con­ver­sa­tion Class on Fri­day’s 9.30 – 11.45, for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please ring Learn­ing in the Hills 9639 7918.

Home­work Help Vol­un­teers, Hills Com­mu­nity Aid pro­vide free Home­work Help for stu­dents in years 5 – 12 on Mon­day’s in the Vinegar Hill Memorial Li­brary, we re­quire vol­un­teers to as­sist stu­dents with home­work and as­sign­ments for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Mici 0438328776 or Bron 9639 8620.


NAIDOC Week 2016 will run from 3 to 10 July and is an op­por­tu­nity for all Aus­tralians to come to­gether to cel­e­brate the his­tory, cul­ture and achieve­ments of Abo­rig­i­nal and Torres Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple. The Hawkes­bury will host a free con­cert at Rich­mond Park, Wind­sor Street Rich­mond on Sun­day, 10 July to cel­e­brate


The Bromeliad So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia INC will hold their next meet­ing at the Fed­er­a­tion Pav­il­ion, Cas­tle Hill Show­ground on Satur­day, 9 July with plant sales from 12 – 1pm. Ac­cess is via the new Show­ground en­trance off Show­ground Road into Do­ran Drive, Cas­tle Hill.

“Guest speaker will be Tony Mat­son, Cut-Above Tools an Aus­tralian, fam­ily op­er­ated busi­ness sup­ply­ing a range of high qual­ity prun­ing, gar­den­ing and clean­ing equip­ment. They have a di­rect in­put into the de­sign and man­u­fac­ture of the prod­ucts.

The com­pany has an ex­ten­sive range of prun­ing and gar­den­ing tools in­clud­ing: se­ca­teurs (15 mod­els), lop­pers (5), shears (8), saws (4), sharp­en­ers (3), gar­den­ing ac­ces­sories (gloves, kneel­ers, stain­less steel hand tools, hose noz­zles, rakes and more), trim­mer heads, and high-reach prun­ing poles (up to six me­tres).

They also have a num­ber of clean­ing poles (up to five me­tres) with wa­ter flow and a num­ber of at­tach­ments to make clean­ing eas­ier. With th­ese poles you will be able to clean your win­dows, eaves, gut­ters, walls, so­lar pan­els, car­a­van and more” said Ian Hook, Pres­i­dent ABS.

The Bromeliad So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia meet­ings in­clude plant sales, club news, raf­fles and com­pe­ti­tions as well as pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to meet with like- minded peo­ple in a friendly and invit­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Vis­i­tors to the club are most wel­come to at­tend a cou­ple of meet­ings prior to join­ing. Con­tact Ian Hook - mobile 0408202269, email: ian­hook1@big­pond.com web­site: www.bromeliad.org.au


Hawkes­bury Li­brary Ser­vice has a great range of ac­tiv­i­ties planned for th­ese July school hol­i­days. They are de­signed for kids who en­joy cre­at­ing and learn­ing new things. Come along and join in the fun at your lo­cal li­brary!

All ac­tiv­i­ties are ei­ther at Hawkes­bury Cen­tral Li­brary, 300 Ge­orge Street, Wind­sor or Rich­mond Branch Li­brary, 29 West Mar­ket Street, Rich­mond. Chil­dren un­der the age of 10 must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Book­ings are es­sen­tial and places are lim­ited – call 4560 4460 or email pro­grams@ hawkes­bury.nsw.gov.au with your name(s), con­tact num­ber and the event you wish to at­tend. MON­DAY 4 JULY - ART DEMO

On Mon­day 4 July. at 7.30pm, Baulkham Hills Art So­ci­ety will be hold­ing their monthly demon­stra­tion at the Crest­wood Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, cnr. Crest­wood and Mackil­lop Drive.

Bella Vista artist Joachim Lai will teach the ba­sic skills of cre­at­ing a land­scape us­ing wa­ter­colours. He cre­ates wa­ter­colour land­scapes of Aus­tralian ru­ral scenes con­cen­trat­ing on the sky, the shape of the land, the eu­ca­lypts and farm sheds. Mi­grat­ing from Malaysia in 1980, Joachim has been teach­ing art/ ge­og­ra­phy since 1989 and de­vel­oped an affin­ity with the Aus­tralian ‘bush ’by tak­ing the fam­ily camp­ing dur­ing week­ends.

New and past mem­bers are wel­come to at­tend with a free ‘cri­tique’ cof­fee sup­plied!

Fur­ther de­tails from Lor­raine on 9674 1240.


Hawkes­bury Li­brary Ser­vice will hold a free be­gin­ners class on the use of iPads on Tues­day, 12 July 11am to mid­day at Hawkes­bury Cen­tral Li­brary, 300 Ge­orge Street, Wind­sor.

iPads are an­other way of ac­cess­ing the in­ter­net and play­ing games as well as com­mu­ni­cat­ing with friends and fam­ily. Al­though very small and light, they can do many of the same things your com­puter can do, with the con­ve­nience of be­ing por­ta­ble.

The Mayor of Hawkes­bury, Coun­cil­lor Kim Ford ex­pects the work­shops to be a great start for be­gin­ners.

“If you are a be­gin­ner to this tech­nol­ogy and would like to get the most out of your iPad then this work­shop is for you,” Mayor Ford said.

Call 4560 4460 or email pro­grams@hawkes­bury.nsw. gov.au with your name(s), con­tact num­ber to book.

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