• Tony Bosworth

Do some belly dancing, clean out your chemicals, learn how to resuscitate

Yes, it’s Hawkesbury Council media release round-up time and there’s some absolutely fascinating things announced this week in the few media releases they’ve sent us.

Belly dancing – yes it’s an important one if, apparently, you want “better sleep and improved muscle tone,” so the Council release says.

So, the “fun, free lesson” (and yes it was good to see Council put the comma in the right place) where you can learn to belly dance, is on Friday July 8 at Windsor’s Hawkesbury Library from 10am to 11.30am.

“Belly dancing is a gentle form of exercise that promotes core strength, improves balance and develops flexibility. The low impact aerobic exercise is suitable for all ages as a fun way to stay fit while moving to music. It is also a fun, social form of exercise that is exciting and uplifting and a great way to de-stress,” says Council.

The one-hour session will include light refreshments. You need to book via https://hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call 4560 4470.

If all that exercise proves a bit too much – or you just want to learn a new and very important skill – accredited first aid training by the Australian Red Cross is on from the beginning of July and running into December, at the locations listed below.

Places are limited and there is a compulsory four-hour online component to be completed before full-day Saturday sessions at the following locations:

  • Bowen Mountain – Saturday, July 2

  • Glossodia – Saturday, July 30

  • Upper Colo – Saturday, 3 September

  • Ebenezer – Saturday, October 1

  • Wisemans Ferry – Saturday, November 5

  • McGraths Hill – Saturday, December 3.

To register your interest, email hubs@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or text 0427 521 532 with your name, address, contact number, email address, any dietary needs and preferred location.

Please ensure you are committed to completing both the online and face-to-face requirements of the course before registering your interest.

Further sessions will also be offered in different parts of the Hawkesbury over the first six months of 2023.

And once you’ve de-stressed, had a good night’s sleep, improved your muscle tone and learnt how to resuscitate people, it’s time for “the exciting free Clean Out!”

It must be exciting because Council even put an exclamation mark after it!

It’s on Sunday, July 31 from 9am to 3:30pm at Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Road, Clarendon, entry via Gate 1.

“This is your chance to make your family home safer by removing old gas bottles, unused chemicals and fuels,” they say.

You will also be protecting our local environment and waterways by responsibly disposing of your potentially hazardous household chemicals.

Since 2014 more than 220,000 kilograms of chemical waste has been dropped off by the Hawkesbury community. You can drop off:

  • household cleaners and solvents

  • handheld batteries

  • fluorescent globes and tubes

  • paint

  • pesticides and herbicides

  • poisons

  • gas bottles

  • smoke detectors, fire extinguishers

  • pool chemicals

  • hobby chemicals

  • acids and alkalis

  • car batteries

  • motor oils

  • fuels and fluids.

Only household quantities of chemicals are accepted (20L or 20kg), except paint. Up to 100L (in 20L containers) of paint is accepted.

Further information is available at www.cleanout.com.au or call the NSW EPA on 131 555.

If you cannot attend the Hawkesbury Chemical Cleanout remember most Chemical CleanOut events held across Sydney and NSW are open to everyone, you do not need to be a local resident, double-check at www.cleanout.com.au or call the NSW EPA on 131 555.

Please note that businesses are not eligible to use these services and should contact a waste disposal service directly or visit http://businessrecycling.com.au

For more information on what can be disposed, quantities or safe transport tips visit www.cleanout.com.au or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

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