• Tony Bosworth

Tree grants, murderous women, chemical & electronic collections, and learn how to put bins out...

Here’s our round-up of the latest from Hawkesbury Council this week. We’ve cut the fluff and the council-speak, making it quicker and easier to digest.

Unlikely you'll be served by the Mayor - on the right there - but you never know your luck. Council's media people tell us the other two folks are "volunteers at the Hawkesbury Community Nursery", no names unfortunately...

Bushfire restoration tree planting grants open until June 30

Grants available from the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) to restore bushfire affected regions, which includes the Hawkesbury.

If you are working to restore large areas of habitat by tree planting in areas that were hit by the 2019-2020 bushfires, you can apply for a grant to receive trees to plant.

Online application at fnpw.org.au/grants until June 30.

Individuals, community groups, organisations or government departments are all eligible to apply for projects beginning this year, but they need to be decent sized projects – and no they don’t specify what size, but biggish.

The Hawkesbury Community Nursery in Mulgrave is supplying the trees for the 2021 planting season for our area.

For further information about the grants, visit fnpw.org.au/grants or contact the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife on trudiann@fnpw.org.au or 1800 898 626.

Author Tanya Bretherton’s true stories of murderous women

Tanya Bretherton will be at Windsor’s Hawkesbury Library on June 15 to discuss her new book The Husband Poisoner which tells the stories of murderous women who disposed of their husbands, and other inconvenient family members.

Based on true events that occurred in the early 1950s.

Of interest to those who enjoy history and true crime, you’ll hear about life in Sydney after World War II and the chilling crime wave which saw women, including Caroline Grills and Yvonne Fletcher, callously poison family members using the then common household poison thallium, normally used to kill rats. Unlike other easily acquired poisons of the time, thallium was odourless and tasteless and victims’ deaths were attributed to natural causes and not nefarious purposes.

This event is on from 6pm to 7:30pm on June 15, and is part of the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.

The talk costs $5 and will be followed by tea and coffee. Bookings are essential via www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call 4560 4460.

Free Chemical Clean Out – June 1 & 2 - Pitt Town, Wisemans Ferry and Wilberforce

If you do have any thallium hanging around, ladies, now might be the time to get rid of it.

But seriously…to help flood affected community members, free Flood Recovery - Chemical Clean Out events run by the NSW Environment Protection Authority will be held in Pitt Town, Wisemans Ferry and Wilberforce.

Safely dispose of household cleaners and solvents, batteries, fluorescent globes and tubes, paint and paint related products, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, acids and alkalis, car batteries, motor oils, fuels and fluids.

Here are the details:

· Pitt Town & District Sports Club - Tuesday June 1 - 8am to 11am

· Wisemans Ferry carpark, off Northern Rd - Wednesday, June 2 - 2pm to 4pm

· Woodlands Oval, Wilberforce – June 2 - 8am to 1pm

An annual Chemical CleanOut event will be held for all Hawkesbury residents on Sunday, August 8 from 9am to 3.30pm at Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon.


Only items up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms can be dropped off.

Place all materials in the rear of your vehicle. On arrival, please remain in the vehicle. A contractor will open your boot and collect the items.

Primary producers and small businesses that have been impacted by the flood and who need to dispose of chemicals and hazardous waste should contact Council’s Waste Education Officer on 4560 4566.

Free electronic waste collection - Colo Heights and St Albans

Drop off computers, televisions and other electronic waste. Strict drop off limits apply: five medium to large items or 10 small items (no, they don’t specify what is large and small – bit of a guessing game there) can be accepted per registered delivery per event.

You need to pre-register or you can’t drop items off.

Register at hawkwaronwaste.eventbrite.com

Colo Heights

Saturday, May 29 - 9am - Colo Heights RFS Station

Macdonald Valley

Saturday, June 19 - 9am - Bulga St, St Albans

Items not accepted:

Rear projection TVs, large white goods (fridges and freezers, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ovens and hobs), CDs, DVDs, videos and cassettes.

Accepted Items:

  • Computers, monitors, mice, keyboards, hard drives, floppy discs, networking equipment, cables

  • Cameras including video cameras, CD drives, clock radios, DVD players, Stereos, TVs, VCR players

  • Electric blankets, electrical power tools, electronic games/toys, fax machines

  • Grooming devices, juicers, mixers

  • Mobile phones, iPod, iPad, personal electronic items

  • Printers and printer cartridges, projectors, scanners.

Resilient Hawkesbury Grants open - $500 to $5000

These grants are to support projects that are community-led and contribute to community recovery and/or resilience, including supporting community wellbeing.

Subject to application and funding availability. Applications for Round Three are now open and will close on Wednesday, June 30.

For more information and to apply for a Resilient Hawkesbury Grant, visit hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/for-residents/community/community-funding or call (02) 4560 4444 or email patricia.sundin@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

If you want to be a member of the council’s Local Planning Panel…here’s your chance

The council is seeking a pool of community representatives to become members of its Local Planning Panel (LLP).

If appointed, you’d be on a roster and would sit with three independent state appointed experts about four times a year to discuss applications for development in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area. Closing date for applications is Friday, June 11.

It’s a part-time paid role beginning in July, so you do get paid a little bit for your time.

You can email your application in – or do it the old school way with pen, paper, envelope, and a stamp.

Here’s the selection criteria:

  • Hawkesbury Local Government Area resident

  • have an understanding of the Hawkesbury LGA and issues of concern to the local community

  • have the capacity to form independent views and to contribute constructively to the determination of applications

  • are able to demonstrate a basic level of understanding of the planning system, i.e. knowledge of the Council’s Local Environmental Plan, Development Control Plan, Local Strategic Planning Instrument or Community Strategic Plan.

These are the things you need to be committed to...

  • following the Code of Conduct for Local Planning Panel Members and the Local Planning Panels Operational Procedures

  • attending the Local Planning Panel meetings and contributing constructively to the determination of applications.

Applications in writing addressed to the General Manager, by mail to Hawkesbury City Council, PO Box 146 Windsor NSW 2756, or email to council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au received up to close of business Friday, 11 June 2021.

Any enquiries, contact Tracey Easterbrook, Council’s Administrative Support Coordinator on 4560 4444 or email enquiries to council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au with reference EOI – Community Representative Local Planning Panel.

How to space your bins…

Media release of the week here - correct spacing , and let’s not forget, placing – of your garbage bins.

We’ll keep this one brief as...and we've added a few helpful notes in italics

  • Leave 1m of space between your bins and other objects so the truck arms can grab the bins without knocking them over – doh!

  • securely tie the plastic bags in your bins - we think they mean tie the tops of the plastic bags, rather than tying the bags so they can't escape, though it's not clear...

  • don’t park cars in front of the bins – if the truck arms cannot reach the bin, it cannot be emptied….um, really?

  • don’t leave your bins directly under low hanging trees to ensure that the truck does not knock leaves and branches down and leave a mess – fair enough.

  • make sure the lid opening is facing the street, wheels towards your house – the bin lid can snap if waste falls onto the lid when the truck empties the bin - obvious, but useful info. Do the right thing, people.

  • don’t place bins behind each other - the truck cannot empty bins from behind other bins – which of you thought they could? Come on, fess up.

  • keep your bin lid closed – if your bin is too full and the lid can’t close, the garbage truck can’t empty the bin.

  • Here’s the real zinger – “if the lid can’t close, the bin can also fill with water when it rains” – who’d have thought?

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