Jubilee celebrations set for Richmond

RICHMOND is set to burst into colour on September 20 when Richmond Mainstreet hosts ‘Richmond Jubilee’.

To commemorate  150 years of a rail service between Sydney and Richmond, a steam train will choof choof all the way from Sydney to do short trips on the Richmond line for the day, a Victorian era cricket match will be played on Richmond oval, other Victorian era games will be played, and there’ll be an antique machinery field day at Hawkesbury showground, with some machines in Richmond.

There’ll also be historic displays, storytelling, photograph sessions with historic dress-ups, and street performances.

There’ll also be community displays of emergency services and stalls held by tourism-oriented businesses.

Richmond Main Street Inc. president Megan Wood said the group was organising the day to try to create employment opportunities in the Hawkesbury, as jobs in longstanding employment-types within the area were decreasing.

‘‘Tourism is an area of possible job growth, especially eco tourism and adventure tourism which would make use of the natural asset of the national parks that constitute 70 per cent of the LGA,’’ Ms Wood said. ‘‘We want to showcase what is available in the Hawkesbury and in Richmond in particular, to encourage people to visit our district, and demonstrate that the Hawkesbury is an attractive place to live and work.

■To find out more email mail@richmondmainst.com.au or call 4588 6951.