Macdonald Valley Community Project

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Work will commence in June 2021 on projects in the Hawkesbury which have received funding from the Commonwealth and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund. $1.68 million is available to fund projects in the Hawkesbury which will help to support the ongoing bushfire recovery in Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley (including St Albans).

To help assist their recovery Council conducted an online survey in May 2020 asking the three communities to nominate a wide range of priority projects that would benefit their community. The top priority projects in each community formed the basis for the successful application for funding.

The funding body recently signed off the detailed costings and project construction program and the projects that the communities asked for can now be built in Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley. Council will also contribute funding for additional works in these communities which will run in tandem to the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund projects.

Ongoing discussions and engagement will continue to be held with the community and key stakeholders as the projects progresses, particularly around incorporating artwork into community spaces. The works in your community will include:

Town centre

  • A yarning circle
  • Picnic shelters with picnic tables
  • Playground equipment
  • Pathways
  • Community artwork

St Albans School of Arts

  • Removal of redundant toilet structure
  • Sprinkler system
  • Heavy duty screens on windows and doors as required
  • Upgrade doors as required
  • Community message board
  • Small genset with essential services circuit throughout the building
  • Airconditioning
  • Replace stairs to building
  • Landslide repairs
  • New retaining wall

RFS Shed Fire Resistance

  • Leaf guard for gutters
  • Sprinkler system
  • Heavy duty screens on windows and doors
  • Upgrade doors
  • Community message board
  • Radio tower
  • Extension to Shed to house additional trucks
  • 10kw solar energy system with battery storage
  • Small genset with essential services circuit throughout the building

RFS Shed Precinct Fire Resistance

  • 120 000L water storage tank with pump for community use during bushfires



Work will commence in June 2021 on projects in the Hawkesbury which have received funding from the Commonwealth and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund. $1.68 million is available to fund projects in the Hawkesbury which will help to support the ongoing bushfire recovery in Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley (including St Albans).

To help assist their recovery Council conducted an online survey in May 2020 asking the three communities to nominate a wide range of priority projects that would benefit their community. The top priority projects in each community formed the basis for the successful application for funding.

The funding body recently signed off the detailed costings and project construction program and the projects that the communities asked for can now be built in Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley. Council will also contribute funding for additional works in these communities which will run in tandem to the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund projects.

Ongoing discussions and engagement will continue to be held with the community and key stakeholders as the projects progresses, particularly around incorporating artwork into community spaces. The works in your community will include:

Town centre

  • A yarning circle
  • Picnic shelters with picnic tables
  • Playground equipment
  • Pathways
  • Community artwork

St Albans School of Arts

  • Removal of redundant toilet structure
  • Sprinkler system
  • Heavy duty screens on windows and doors as required
  • Upgrade doors as required
  • Community message board
  • Small genset with essential services circuit throughout the building
  • Airconditioning
  • Replace stairs to building
  • Landslide repairs
  • New retaining wall

RFS Shed Fire Resistance

  • Leaf guard for gutters
  • Sprinkler system
  • Heavy duty screens on windows and doors
  • Upgrade doors
  • Community message board
  • Radio tower
  • Extension to Shed to house additional trucks
  • 10kw solar energy system with battery storage
  • Small genset with essential services circuit throughout the building

RFS Shed Precinct Fire Resistance

  • 120 000L water storage tank with pump for community use during bushfires



  • Macdonald Valley Community Projects - August update

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    Council is pleased to provide the following update on the Macdonald Valley Community Projects:

    • Currently preparing the Development Application for the works at the RFS Shed
    • The play equipment is being manufactured
    • A follow up engineering assessment of the land slip will be carried out at the School of Arts this week
  • New Playground at St Albans Park

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    As part of the Federal and NSW government Bushfire Local Economic Recovery funding agreement, and in consultation with the Macdonald Valley community, Hawkesbury City Council will build a fun new playground at St Albans Park.

    Three options for the playground have been designed, and Hawkesbury City Council is asking the community to select which playground they would like built at St Albans Park, replacing the existing playground equipment.

    Voting is open until 5pm on Sunday, 20 June 2021.

    Option 1 HERE

    Option 2 HERE

    Option 3 HERE


    VOTE HERE!

  • $1.6M Local Economic Recovery Funding for the Hawkesbury 4/11/20

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    The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Patrick Conolly has welcomed the State Government’s new funding announcement of $1.6 million in Local Economic Recovery Funding for the Hawkesbury to further support community projects for Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley (including St Albans) as part of their ongoing bushfire recovery.

    “Hawkesbury City Council submitted community projects for each bushfire affected area as part of the funding application for the Local Economic Recovery Program,” Mayor Conolly said.

    “This funding announcement is great news as it will be a huge boost for our community and take us much further on the journey towards bushfire recovery with projects that really matter to our community members.”

    Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley were significantly impacted by bushfires in late 2019 and early 2020. While much of the physical cleanup has now been undertaken, the recovery work has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To better understand the needs of the residents of these areas, Council conducted online engagement programs in the areas between 2 May and 21 May. As a result, Council has been able to identify many actions that community members believe would help them to rebuild and reconnect.

    Council has used these community ideas to confirm the scope of community projects for each of the three areas of Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley, including their cost, alignment with project criteria, strategic alignment with the Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan.

    Bilpin community projects

    Community Space Aspects

    Multi-age playground and recreation facilities

    Outdoor space for communal gatherings

    Community generated public art feature/s

    Oval improvements.

    Bushfire Aspects

    Water storage

    Hall fire resistance upgrade

    Renewable energy and storage

    Bushfire damaged signage replacement.


    Colo Heights community projects

    Community Space Aspects

    Multi age playground and recreation facilities

    Upgrade of community space for communal gatherings

    Community generated public art feature/s

    Oval improvements.

    Bushfire Aspects:

    Water storage

    Improvements to supply and reliably of water supply during bushfires

    Fire resistance upgrade

    Renewable energy and storage

    Bushfire damaged signage replacement.

    The Macdonald Valley (including St Albans) community projects

    Community Space Aspects:

    Upgrade of community space/village marketplace for communal gatherings

    Community generated public art feature/s

    Improvements to St Albans School of Arts including access and removal of redundant structure.

    Bushfire Aspects:

    Improvements to supply and reliably of water supply during bushfires

    Bushfire damaged signage replacement.

    “Council looks forward to commencing work on these projects for our community thanks to this additional funding support from the NSW Government,” Mayor Conolly concluded.


  • Macdonald Valley Community Project - Community Survey

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    Council has been working with the communities of St Albans and the Macdonald Valley over many years to plan and build the works identified in the St Albans Park Master Plan. These works are almost complete and they have made a valuable contribution to the local community.

    Some of the features of the St Albans Park are:

    • pathways creating connections
    • picnic settings
    • an electric BBQ
    • steps to the beach
    • bollard fencing
    • restoration of the stone sculptures

    Council has an allocation of $150 000 in next year’s budget for the Macdonald Valley community, in addition to funds that are available as part of bushfire recovery.

    We would like to understand what the community identify as the Valley’s top three priority projects.

    Complete the survey questions and let Council know your top priorities for your community.

    Over the next few months Council will come back to the community with the results of this survey identifying the communities’ priority projects.

    Survey closes Tuesday, 12 May 2020.