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



  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.
    Community Survey
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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    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. 

    Vote Here
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