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Welcome to Your Hawkesbury - Your Say

Your Hawkesbury – Your Say is one of the ways Hawkesbury City Council involves the community in its decision making processes. This online community engagement hub is a place for you to get involved, find out information and have your say about important issues and projects in the Hawkesbury. We appreciate that you have local knowledge, skills and experience to offer and we want to make the most of your feedback when making decisions.

Register now to share your ideas and participate. It's quick and easy to register - just simply click on the "register to participate" icon. As a registered member you will receive the full experience of Council’s online community engagement hub and the range of feedback tools offered.

To find out what projects Council is currently seeking community feedback on, simply scroll down to the list of current live projects and click on those you are interested in. You will be given options of ways to have your say for each. Current Surveys are also listed.

Your privacy is protected on Your Hawkesbury – Your Say to ensure a secure environment for idea sharing. The discussion forums and activities are moderated externally, independent of Council.

………it’s Your Hawkesbury - have Your Say



Your Hawkesbury – Your Say is one of the ways Hawkesbury City Council involves the community in its decision making processes. This online community engagement hub is a place for you to get involved, find out information and have your say about important issues and projects in the Hawkesbury. We appreciate that you have local knowledge, skills and experience to offer and we want to make the most of your feedback when making decisions.

Register now to share your ideas and participate. It's quick and easy to register - just simply click on the "register to participate" icon. As a registered member you will receive the full experience of Council’s online community engagement hub and the range of feedback tools offered.

To find out what projects Council is currently seeking community feedback on, simply scroll down to the list of current live projects and click on those you are interested in. You will be given options of ways to have your say for each. Current Surveys are also listed.

Your privacy is protected on Your Hawkesbury – Your Say to ensure a secure environment for idea sharing. The discussion forums and activities are moderated externally, independent of Council.

………it’s Your Hawkesbury - have Your Say



  • Investing in Your Future

    5 months ago

    Please help Council make some important decisions about the future of the Hawkesbury.

    Hawkesbury residents have consistently told Council that assets such as roads, public spaces, parks and footpaths are important to them, and that Council needs to improve their condition. In addition to this, the State Government introduced its Fit for the Future Reform in 2014, which required all NSW councils to assess their current position and submit a proposal demonstrating how they will continue to be financially sustainable into the future.

    Council currently spends approximately $21.8 million on the maintenance and renewal of local assets and infrastructure each... Continue reading

    Please help Council make some important decisions about the future of the Hawkesbury.

    Hawkesbury residents have consistently told Council that assets such as roads, public spaces, parks and footpaths are important to them, and that Council needs to improve their condition. In addition to this, the State Government introduced its Fit for the Future Reform in 2014, which required all NSW councils to assess their current position and submit a proposal demonstrating how they will continue to be financially sustainable into the future.

    Council currently spends approximately $21.8 million on the maintenance and renewal of local assets and infrastructure each year, however, Council should be investing an additional $5.1 million per year to keep assets safe and functional.

    In preparing its submission on how to achieve long term financial sustainability, Council identified that despite its best efforts, the funding available is not enough to keep community assets in an acceptable condition.

    There is no easy solution to addressing this funding gap. On your behalf, if Council does not address this gap now, the community assets that Council manages will deteriorate and in the future become unusable. A proposed Special Rate Variation will be necessary to maintain and manage current assets to ensure that Council delivers services in line with community expectations and remains financially sustainable into the future.

    We need to know if you wish your City’s assets and services to Improve, Stabilise or Deteriorate, and to consider three options including a proposed Special Rate Variation.

    In the Document Library on this page you can read the Investing in Your Future information document which will tell you what this means for your household including what actions Council has taken to date, details of the Special Rate Variation options, and other information.

    Please consider attending one of the town meetings or information kiosks in your area, the dates and locations are listed on this page.

    An online survey will be available on this site in mid July 2017. Council would like you to complete the survey once you have received your Investing in Your Future information document with your rates notice in mid July.

    Consultation will continue throughout July 2017, closing on 13 August 2017.

    So get involved and have your say! Visit www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/investing-in-your-future

  • Listening to our community

    over 1 year ago

    Take the opportunity to become involved in the Listening to our community Your Services - Your Say online consultation. We want your views on our service levels in a range of areas including: roads and drainage; footpaths and cycleways; parks and public spaces; community buildings and amenities and cultural facilities.

    This consultation is the next step in Council’s Fit for the Future journey. From 22 July 2016 until 20 August 2016, the community consultation program will also include a series of public town meetings and ‘Listening Kiosks’ throughout the Hawkesbury.

    A phone survey has also been commissioned to gauge residents’... Continue reading

    Take the opportunity to become involved in the Listening to our community Your Services - Your Say online consultation. We want your views on our service levels in a range of areas including: roads and drainage; footpaths and cycleways; parks and public spaces; community buildings and amenities and cultural facilities.

    This consultation is the next step in Council’s Fit for the Future journey. From 22 July 2016 until 20 August 2016, the community consultation program will also include a series of public town meetings and ‘Listening Kiosks’ throughout the Hawkesbury.

    A phone survey has also been commissioned to gauge residents’ satisfaction with a range of Council services, to understand which services are the most important to them, and what level of investment they feel should be devoted to them.

    Feedback from this community consultation will help us to better understand the community’s service needs, which in turn will assist us to formulate resourcing options to fund Council’s infrastructure renewal and maintenance shortfall while also meeting community expectations.

    Outcomes from the community consultation will also be used in the review of the Community Strategic Plan and will help to ensure that Council is aligned with and working together with the community to build a successful future for the Hawkesbury.


  • No merger for The Hawkesbury

    over 1 year ago

    Last week the NSW Government advised Council that it would not be proceeding with the proposed merger of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council.

    This decision was based on the recommendation of Mr Gary West, the delegate appointed by the Office of Local Government to conduct the public inquiry into the merger proposal. You can read the Delegate’s report in full on the NSW Government’s Stronger Councils Stronger Communities Website.

    Mr West concluded that the proposed merger would not result in efficient and effective local government based on the following reasons:

    Last week the NSW Government advised Council that it would not be proceeding with the proposed merger of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council.

    This decision was based on the recommendation of Mr Gary West, the delegate appointed by the Office of Local Government to conduct the public inquiry into the merger proposal. You can read the Delegate’s report in full on the NSW Government’s Stronger Councils Stronger Communities Website.

    Mr West concluded that the proposed merger would not result in efficient and effective local government based on the following reasons:

    • The proposed merged council entity would not be financially sustainable and would not address the revenue shortfall which contributed to Council being assessed as ‘unfit’ by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

    • There is no clear evidence that the infrastructure backlog of the proposed merged council could be funded without a reliance on rate increases.

    • The proposed merger would have a significant negative economic impact on the Hawkesbury.

    • The lack of direct public transport links between Windsor and Baulkham Hills.

    • The clear evidence that Hawkesbury area is oriented towards Penrith and the Blue Mountains rather than The Hills.

    These reasons were outlined in Council’s submission in response to the merger proposal.

    Thank you to our community for the support you have shown in retaining our local government area. We particularly appreciate the support received residents who attended the public inquiry meetings and who lodged submissions with Mr West.

    We will now get on with the challenge of continuing to make this Council sustainable into the future. Council will carry on implementing its Fit for the Future Plan. We will now be able to fully commit to the Regional Strategic Alliance with Penrith and Blue Mountains City Councils and continue our active engagement with these councils to deliver the productivity and efficiency outcomes expected under the Fit for the Future reform framework.

    To find out more visit our Getting Council Fit for the Future on this website.


  • Still time to take action against Council Mergers

    almost 2 years ago

    Submissions regarding the proposed merger of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council have now closed. The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford would like to thank the hundreds of people who had their say and stood up for the Hawkesbury.

    “At the two public meeting, there were more than 80 speakers, and about 400 people in attendance to voice their views – which were overwhelmingly against this merger proposal,” said the Mayor.

    While submissions are now officially closed, residents can still have their say, said Councillor Ford . “I now encourage all residents to direct their... Continue reading

    Submissions regarding the proposed merger of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council have now closed. The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford would like to thank the hundreds of people who had their say and stood up for the Hawkesbury.

    “At the two public meeting, there were more than 80 speakers, and about 400 people in attendance to voice their views – which were overwhelmingly against this merger proposal,” said the Mayor.

    While submissions are now officially closed, residents can still have their say, said Councillor Ford . “I now encourage all residents to direct their views on this merger to the NSW Premier, The Minister of Local Government and our Local Member, Mr Dominic Perrottet.”

    Tell the State Government No to mergers by contacting:

    • State Member for Hawkesbury, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, email hawkesbury@parliament.nsw.gov.au, phone (02) 9634 7474, mail to PO Box 298, CASTLE HILL NSW 1765 or in person 287C Old Northern Road, CASTLE HILL NSW 2154

  • Additional Public Inquiry Meeting Scheduled

    almost 2 years ago

    Due to public demand an additional public inquiry meeting in relation to the proposal to amalgamate the local government areas of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council will be held out of normal working hours.

    The additional public meeting will be held

    • Hawkesbury Race Club - Monday, 22 February 2016 from 7pm to 10pm, 1 Racecourse Road, Clarendon.

    To attend or speak at the meeting you must register online at https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/hawkesbury-city-and-the-hills-shire-councils/ or by calling 1300 813 020.

    Members of the public can also comment on the NSW Government’s proposal to merge Hawkesbury City Council with... Continue reading

    Due to public demand an additional public inquiry meeting in relation to the proposal to amalgamate the local government areas of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council will be held out of normal working hours.

    The additional public meeting will be held

    • Hawkesbury Race Club - Monday, 22 February 2016 from 7pm to 10pm, 1 Racecourse Road, Clarendon.

    To attend or speak at the meeting you must register online at https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/hawkesbury-city-and-the-hills-shire-councils/ or by calling 1300 813 020.

    Members of the public can also comment on the NSW Government’s proposal to merge Hawkesbury City Council with part of The Hills Shire Council up until 5pm Sunday, 28 February 2016. Submissions may be made either online at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/hawkesbury-city-and-the-hills-shire-councils/ or by mail to GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001.

  • Your chance to have your say on the Hawkesbury-Hills merger proposal

    almost 2 years ago

    The NSW Government has released notification of a public inquiry in relation to the proposal to amalgamate the local government areas of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council.

    The inquiry will take the form of three public meetings, two at Castle Hill RSL Club (day and evening option) and one at Hawkesbury Race Club (day option):

    • Castle Hill RSL Club - Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 from 1pm to 5pm or from 7pm to 10pm, 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill

    The NSW Government has released notification of a public inquiry in relation to the proposal to amalgamate the local government areas of Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council.

    The inquiry will take the form of three public meetings, two at Castle Hill RSL Club (day and evening option) and one at Hawkesbury Race Club (day option):

    • Castle Hill RSL Club - Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 from 1pm to 5pm or from 7pm to 10pm, 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill
    • Hawkesbury Race Club - Friday, 5 Feb 2016 from 1pm to 5pm, 1 Racecourse Road, Clarendon.

    To attend or speak at the meeting you must register prior to Friday, 29 January online at https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/hawkesbury-city-and-the-hills-shire-councils/ or by calling 1300 813 020.

    Members of the public can also comment on the NSW Government’s proposal to merge Hawkesbury City Council with part of The Hills Shire Council up until 5pm Sunday, 28 February 2016. Submissions may be made either online atwww.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/hawkesbury-city-and-the-hills-shire-councils/ or by mail to GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001.

    For further information about the history of this issue see http://yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/getting-council-fit-for-the-future .


  • Hawkesbury Hills merger proposal – make your submission

    almost 2 years ago

    Submissions are now open to make comment on a NSW State Government proposal to merge Hawkesbury City Council with part of The Hills Shire Council.

    Make a submission either online at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/hawkesbury-city-and-the-hills-shire-councils/(External link) or by mail to GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001 up until 5pm Sunday, 28 February 2016.

    The Minister for Local Government, The Hon Paul Toole MP has advised Council that he has referred a council merger proposal relating to Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and report under the... Continue reading

    Submissions are now open to make comment on a NSW State Government proposal to merge Hawkesbury City Council with part of The Hills Shire Council.

    Make a submission either online at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/hawkesbury-city-and-the-hills-shire-councils/(External link) or by mail to GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001 up until 5pm Sunday, 28 February 2016.

    The Minister for Local Government, The Hon Paul Toole MP has advised Council that he has referred a council merger proposal relating to Hawkesbury City Council and part of The Hills Shire Council to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government for examination and report under the Local Government Act 1993.

    The Chief Executive has delegated the function of examining and reporting on the proposal to a delegate, Mr Garry West. Mr West is a former politician who has held many ministerial portfolios including Local Government.

    Mr West will prepare a report that considers financial impacts, communities of interest, elected representation, employment of staff, service and facilities, and the attitude of residents and ratepayers. This report will go to the Minister, as well as the independent Local Government Boundaries Commission, which will comment on the report.

    Public submissions will be reviewed by the Delegate and used to inform the examination and reporting process.

    A decision about the proposed amalgamation is not expected before the middle of 2016.

    Mr West will also conduct a public inquiry which will probably take the form of a public meeting however at this stage Council does not have any further information about these arrangements.

    Further information on the proposal and how to make a submission can be found at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/hawkesbury-city-and-the-hills-shire-councils/(External link).


  • Merger proposal announced by NSW State Government

    almost 2 years ago

    Today the NSW State Government released details of its merger proposals for councils across the State as part of the Fit for the Future Reform Program. This included a proposal for Hawkesbury City Council and The Hills Shire Council to merge.

    Details on the State Government’s proposal for the merger of Hawkesbury and The Hills can be accessed online at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au(External link).

    The Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government will now appoint a delegate to undertake a Public Inquiry (a public meeting for the community), call for written submissions and prepare a report against the criteria in... Continue reading

    Today the NSW State Government released details of its merger proposals for councils across the State as part of the Fit for the Future Reform Program. This included a proposal for Hawkesbury City Council and The Hills Shire Council to merge.

    Details on the State Government’s proposal for the merger of Hawkesbury and The Hills can be accessed online at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au(External link).

    The Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government will now appoint a delegate to undertake a Public Inquiry (a public meeting for the community), call for written submissions and prepare a report against the criteria in the Local Government Act 1993. This process is to further determine the feasibility of the proposal and to provide the community with their chance to have their say on the proposal. It is proposed this will be undertaken in time for a possible March 2017 Local Government election.

    Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford said, “At this point, business will remain as normal for Council and services will continue to be provided to the Hawkesbury community.”

    “I call for all the residents of the Hawkesbury to actively participate in any process seeking community feedback and will endeavour to ensure the community is informed as new information is released on this process,” he added.

    Council’s Your Hawkesbury Your Site will be regularly updated with information on the Fit For the Future and Merger process. Visit the document library for current documents.

  • To find information on The Hills Merger Proposal

    about 2 years ago

    See the Getting Council Fit for the Future page on this site.

    See the Getting Council Fit for the Future page on this site.

  • Keep the Hawkesbury unique - say NO to a Hills Merger

    about 2 years ago

    Keep the Hawkesbury unique - say NO to a Hills Merger

    Take our survey and tell us your views.

    Tell the State Government we say NO by contacting:

    • State Member for Hawkesbury, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, email hawkesbury@parliament.nsw.gov.au, phone (02) 9634 7474, mail to PO Box 298, CASTLE HILL NSW 1765 or in person 287C Old Northern Road, CASTLE HILL NSW 2154

    Keep the Hawkesbury unique - say NO to a Hills Merger

    Take our survey and tell us your views.

    Tell the State Government we say NO by contacting:

    • State Member for Hawkesbury, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, email hawkesbury@parliament.nsw.gov.au, phone (02) 9634 7474, mail to PO Box 298, CASTLE HILL NSW 1765 or in person 287C Old Northern Road, CASTLE HILL NSW 2154