Hawkesbury Fest during Local Government Week heading online for 2020

HAWKESBURY City Council is inviting locals to help them celebrate Local Government Week with the annual Hawkesbury Fest, occurring online for the first time in 2020.

Local Government Week will be held from Monday, August 3 until Sunday, August 9, with the theme 'Councils Do', to showcase the work councils do in their local communities.

Celebrating our town: The popular Hawkesbury Fest, which attracted 6,000 punters last year, will take place online in 2020. Picture: Hawkesbury Council

Celebrating our town: The popular Hawkesbury Fest, which attracted 6,000 punters last year, will take place online in 2020. Picture: Hawkesbury Council

Council will host Hawkesbury Fest Online via the Council website at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au, and on the Hawkesbury Events Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/hawkesburyevents.

It will consist of a week of scheduled online events for everyone to access and enjoy.

"Over the last two years, Hawkesbury Fest was held on a Sunday afternoon at Governor Phillip Park to celebrate Local Government Week. In 2019, the second year of the event, Council held a first birthday celebration of the Governor Phillip Park with 54 community groups being involved and more than 6000 people attending the event," a Council release said.

"In keeping with the COVID-19 requirements of the Federal and State Government, and for the safety of the Hawkesbury community, Council has adapted the physical event to a new online version."

The following events will be hosted online at the Hawkesbury Events Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/hawkesburyevents) during Local Government Week.

Online initiative: The official flyer for the 2020 Hawkesbury Fest, which will take place online during Local Government Week in August. Picture: Supplied

Online initiative: The official flyer for the 2020 Hawkesbury Fest, which will take place online during Local Government Week in August. Picture: Supplied

Monday, August 3 - Cultural Services

  • Cultural collections online, Literacy - reading and information
  • Art - exhibitions and creative activities, Local History - exhibitions and history activities
  • Waste to Art exhibition displayed online

Tuesday, August 4 - Economic Development

  • Hawkesbury Business Hub, Hawkesbury Business Directory, mentoring programs, grants

Wednesday, August 5 - Parks and Recreation and Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter

  • Bushcare Volunteering video, Memorial Park upgrade and Ham Common gym equipment upgrade, Hawkesbury Community Nursery and National Tree Day
  • Find out about the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter including how many rehomed animals and the importance of microchipping

Thursday, August 6 - Community Services

  • Resilience and Recovery by Resilience NSW - volunteering, community centres, recovery initiatives, community services, learner driver programs, community sponsorship, community organisations adapting through the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, August 7 - Environment and Sustainability

  • Zero net emissions and what it means for the environment, find out about the compost revolution
  • Waste to Art Competition winners announced online by Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert

Saturday, August 8 - Visitor Information Centre

  • Find out about the great heritage trails and tourist drives in the Hawkesbury, plan your weekend away in the Hawkesbury
  • Launch of the Hawkesbury Photo Competition for Children and Adults

Sunday, August 9 - Events

  • Community events survey, events video - Year in Review
  • 2021 Australia Day Awards Nominations promotion

To find out more about Hawkesbury Fest Online, visit Council's website at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au and the Hawkesbury Events Facebook at www.facebook.com/hawkesburyevents.

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