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Upon leaving the Liberal Party

This week I was informed that I had been expelled from the Liberal Party, an organisation I have been a member of and servant to for 32 years. This follows a years-long orchestrated campaign of bullying from figures within the Party.


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The Windsor Paddlesports Club Grant saved after hanging by a thread!

Due to inaction by Council, a $801,218 grant to build a clubhouse in Macquarie Park (on the river opposite the Terrace in Windsor) for Paddlesports and Dragon boating was hanging by a thread. I raised my concerns...


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VIEW Club – a worthy local voluntary organisation

VIEW provides an opportunity for women from all walks of life to meet regularly, establish lasting friendships and help disadvantaged Australian children through supporting the work of children’s charity, The Smith Family.


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Council just squashed debate on protecting Koala habitats and investigating excessive land clearing

At Council tonight, a motion was brought to look at whether a land-clearing policy introduced 18 months ago has resulted in excessive felling of wildlife habitats including for Koalas. Disappointingly, some Councils not only rejected the initiative, but moved to gag debate and prevent some from representing their community.


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Windsor Mall – Our obligation to get things right

Council has an obligation to get things right with the upgrade of Windsor Mall. Many people have concerns with the plans that have been advanced.


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Hawkesbury floods of October 2022 – Time lapse videos

Here is a compilation of time-lapse footage of nine different locations around the Hawkesbury district, showing the effects of the October floods that struck us recently. Each location has had up to a week's events compressed into under thirty seconds, comprising ~64,000 frames run together.


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St Albans, Lower Portland, Lower Macdonald and Colo deserve better of Hawkesbury Council

Every part of the Hawkesbury is important and deserving of effective representation and services. But the Hawkesbury is a big place, and residents of more remote areas sometimes feel like they aren't being heard. On the weekend I joined the Mayor and six other Councillors on a ~200k road trip to visit the communities of St Albans, Lower Macdonald, Lower Portland and Colo.


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From the town of Windsor to the House of Windsor–will the Australian republican debate be rekindled?

From the town of Windsor to the House of Windsor – Will the Australian republican debate be rekindled?

Amidst an outpouring of gratitude for the Queen's life of service, support for Australia remaining a Constitutional Monarchy has surged. Talking about whether institutions and symbols continue to reflect our values and loyalties is healthy. I wonder whether the passing of Queen Elizabeth will prompt a resurgence of the Republican debate in Australia.


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Update on the Grose River Bridge project – the Wilcox Home saved – for now

The Grose River Bridge project has caused controversy due to the baffling insistence of the developers that the road linking Grose Vale Road and Springwood Road plough through the home of the Wilcox family.
The motion before Council this week was to approve the VPA, condemning the home to demolition. I moved an amendment that called for more work to explore a road alignment that saves the house. I am pleased that this passed. Watch the video for more information.


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The debacle that is the Grose River Bridge project

When the Redbank developers promised they'd build a bridge across the Grose River back in 2012, they said the bridge would be completed by the time the development had sold 641 lots. It's now ten years later, the Redbank estate has sold over 700 lots, and not a single sod has been turned. I am unhappy, and you should be too...


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I have had a fortunate year, and I feel like I’m at the top of my game. 
#teacherlife

I have had a fortunate year, and I feel like I’m at the top of my game.
#teacherlife
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That’s wonderful to hear coming from a teacher. The challenges of being in the classroom these days are huge and even though the students give you so many rewards, it’s hard to work through all the other challenges and still feel like you have had a win

Dave Sharma is heading to the Senate, having scored an upset win at a preselection held today, filling the position left by the retirement of Senator Marise Payne.
Although Im no longer in the Liberal Party, I retain many friends and supporters within their ranks, and Dave has been a solid friend and role model for me.
Here he is with me at an Equality Australia function we were both privileged to speak at last year.
Very few representatives are as articulate, principled or talented as Dave, and his win makes me very pleased.

Dave Sharma is heading to the Senate, having scored an upset win at a preselection held today, filling the position left by the retirement of Senator Marise Payne.
Although I'm no longer in the NSW Liberal Party, I retain many friends and supporters within their ranks, and Dave has been a solid friend and role model for me.
Here he is with me at an Equality Australia function we were both privileged to speak at last year.
Very few representatives are as articulate, principled or talented as Dave, and his win makes me very pleased.
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Would be interested to know who else was up for preselection for this position .

I am thrilled that Dave Sharma won!

Congratulations Dave Sharma

This isn't Dave Sharma the man with the Midas touch is it? the guy who used his government position to buy shares in CSR a week before the government officially selected CSR Astrazeneca as Australias chosen vaccine? And then never got investigated because the same party blocked the government corruption watchdog from being established? Not that Dave Sharma? #insidertrader

How heartening to be able to join with everyone today to formally welcome The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler back to its home at Windsor Wharf. 

Her captain Ian Burns has been through hell and high water to bring the old girl back from the floods and get her back in service. A real festive spirit and lots of love and support from the community. Well done! 

The Windsor Experience
Susan Templeman MP
Robyn Preston MP
I Love Windsor

How heartening to be able to join with everyone today to formally welcome The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler back to its home at Windsor Wharf.

Her captain Ian Burns has been through hell and high water to bring the old girl back from the floods and get her back in service. A real festive spirit and lots of love and support from the community. Well done!

The Windsor Experience
Susan Templeman MP
Robyn Preston MP
I Love Windsor
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Thanks for coming along.

Thanks for your support Councillor Nathan Zamprogno

Awesome lot of family history with the Paddle Wheeler and the hawkesbury

So good to see the paddle wheeler back where it belongs. Thank you for sharing

Wonderful news 🎉👏🏽

At last, well done Ian 👏🏻👏🏻

Thank you Nathan,great to see you there.Thanks for all of your support.

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King George V inaugurated Remembrance Day on the 11th of November in 1919 to commemorate the end of the Great War.
Today, and more than a century later, our pledge to never forget is secure.

I was honoured to be asked to ring the bell at the historic St Matthews Anglican Church Windsor NSW, and join with the St. Matthews Catholic Church Windsor, St Andrews Church in Richmond, and the Ebenezer Church - Australias Oldest Church as part of the commemoration.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray youll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.
-- Sassoon

King George V inaugurated Remembrance Day on the 11th of November in 1919 to commemorate the end of the Great War.
Today, and more than a century later, our pledge to never forget is secure.

I was honoured to be asked to ring the bell at the historic St Matthews Anglican Church Windsor NSW, and join with the St. Matthew's Catholic Church Windsor, St Andrews Church in Richmond, and the Ebenezer Church - Australias Oldest Church as part of the commemoration.

"You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go."
-- Sassoon
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Use Cash everywhere, or this is your future.

I as critical power electrician who used to maintain Optus systems nothing surprising here

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"There was a time where people were brave enough to ask 'When is Sydney full?' It distresses me that people seem to have ceased to ask that question."

The ABC called me this morning and asked what I thought of the NSW Government's announcement which cans development in some flood prone areas. I said it was too little, too late. Huge areas have now been developed in areas that are subject to flood risk, and the necessary infrastructure hasn't kept pace.

"Who else should we speak to?", Alex the reporter asked.
"You've got to get out to Pitt Town and speak to the Pitt Town Progress Association. And so they came.
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Nathan I thought you may have seen the sweet number that NSW Planning had and I was told about 10 years ago. I remember someone who worked for Brad Hazard saying the desirable number is about 11000 people per square km. New York is at 11313.8 people per square km. Sydney is currently 8173 people per square km. The fact that there has been more rezoning and building units and townhouses which would be medium to high density housing would tell you that's probably the case. Let me know how you go when you scratch the surface a bit more with these numbers. I'm very aware of builders selling stuff off plans for proposed suburbs that don't even exist yet so I think we've got more growth coming. I think we should be using resources for infrastructure on developing outlier areas like Wollongong and the South Coast, Central Coast and Newcastle, and the central west in hub areas like Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo etc

We could write a book, ‘Poor Zoning, Development and Decisions, a brief history of Sydney’. My concern is we have moved past any point where it would be successful to change. People will live where jobs are, is it too late to decentralise major NSW Businesses, Government agencies and industries out of the Sydney basin?

1.5 million new residents arriving in Australia in the Next five years with no where to live. Would that make a Truth telling fact of Australia and the politicians who lack the backbone it seems to stop it.

Hi Nathan, would be good if you could overlay this map onto map to gauge the extent of the MFP

You may have seen an announcement today about the NSW Government halting certain developments in North West Sydney, with most headlines citing suburbs in the 'Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment'. So what's going on?

The Labor government has released a report which was commissioned by the previous Liberal government and finalised back in May. We knew about the existence but not the content for a long time, and the lack of release was frustrating to say the least.

The report is titled "Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley flood evacuation modelling to inform flood risk management planning". Its focus is the 500sq.km floodplain in which we live. It has the highest unmitigated flood risk exposure in Australia, a consequence of its unique landscape and large existing population (the famous 'bathtub effect').

The report paints a dire picture for residents subject to rarer 1-in-100 (or worse) flooding. As a result, subdivision of estates at Marsden Park North and West Schofields will not go ahead. Nor will the redevelopment of a new Riverstone Town Centre.

As far as the Hawkesbury proper is concerned, I am disappointed at the report's lack of focus to the danger to our own communities.
• Pitt Town is mentioned five times, but there is no finding of urgency to fund the upgrade to the evacuation route despite a broader commitment to spend $200M on flood evacuation routes. This should be a top priority.
• One finding is that raising the Richmond Road bridge over South Creek could reduce the average annual people at risk by almost 25%.
• Hawkesbury Council finalised a new Local Housing Strategy in only 2020 and we speculated infill development around the Windsor and Richmond town centres could be a part of our meeting our future housing needs, subject to flood-risk analysis. Now the study has found that this potential development would increase the average annual people at risk by around 75%.
• The role of Warragamba Dam, the key to all feasible/effective flood mitigation measures is not mentioned a single time in the report, which is a disgraceful omission, given the work that went into modelling the mitigating effects of raising the dam.

Despite these omissions, the report sends a clear warning: Development already complete or underway hugely lifts the risk that in the event of a serious flood (one as serious as have already happened since settlement), many residents will be challenged to evacuate in time (rising from 980 people to 23,700 in areas where development has been committed to).

Daily Telegraph story: www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/hawkesbury-housing-developments-dumped-due-to-deadly-flood-ris...

Release of report (media release and PDF download):
www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/risk-reduction-during-floods-hawkesbury-nepean-valley
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Councillor Nathan Zamprogno . How does this affect Redbank, Glossodia and PittTown development approvals? Is Vineyard Stage 2 affected? When will be Hawkesbury council be meeting to update their LEP based on this?

This is awesome news Foot traffic for shops is good but the actual traffic on Windsor and Richmond rd is a nightmare every day

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Typical fn ALP!

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Today is World Teachers Day. 
As a teacher, I reconsider my commitment to my vocation every day as I roll out of bed, because Ive seen it all. 
Ive had students exhibit violent behaviour, and Ive had students sit down and play beautiful Chopin on the piano for me at random. 
Ive cried teaching The Man from Snowy River, and Ive geeked out in joy with students doing dramatic renditions of the speeches of Doctor Who.
I have no idea where Id be in my life if it wasnt for dedicated teachers who believed in me and mentored me both when I was a student and as a colleague.
If you know a teacher, give them a hug.

Today is World Teachers' Day.
As a teacher, I reconsider my commitment to my vocation every day as I roll out of bed, because I've seen it all.
I've had students exhibit violent behaviour, and I've had students sit down and play beautiful Chopin on the piano for me at random.
I've cried teaching "The Man from Snowy River", and I've geeked out in joy with students doing dramatic renditions of the speeches of Doctor Who.
I have no idea where I'd be in my life if it wasn't for dedicated teachers who believed in me and mentored me both when I was a student and as a colleague.
If you know a teacher, give them a hug.
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Amazing ! I'm teacher too. I love what I do. 🙏🥰👋

Teachers are pillars of society and local communities and should be acknowledged for their contributions to everyone’s development as a person. Thank you Councillor Nathan Zamprogno for your contribution to education of many young people in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains communities.

I had the best Headmaster at a two teacher Primary School. Mr. Martin inspired me and a number of other students to become teachers. 🤩

I hear you ....please think of educators as well....it's not easy for us 😑

Let celebrate 👍👍❤❤

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Congratulations to the winners in tonight’s Hawkesbury Local Business Awards!
There were 291 nominees and winners in 33 categories. 
I’m so proud that there are so many enterprising people in our city. And so many young entrepreneurs, and so many multi-generational businesses!

Congratulations to the winners in tonight’s Hawkesbury Local Business Awards!
There were 291 nominees and winners in 33 categories.
I’m so proud that there are so many enterprising people in our city. And so many young entrepreneurs, and so many multi-generational businesses!
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A TALE OF TWO MACQUARIES

Yesterdays referendum on an Aboriginal Voice to Parliament drew out some interesting contrasts between the Hawkesbury end of the Macquarie electorate and the Blue Mountains.
Although the overall result for Macquarie was 57% NO, 43% YES, when you break down the booths in both LGAs, the figures become:
HAWKESBURY:         72.5% NO, 26.5% YES
BLUE MOUNTAINS:  34.6% NO, 64.2% YES
The informal vote was similar (~1.1-1.2%) at both ends.

In the Hawkesbury, the lowest YES votes were at Oakville (17%), Cattai and Pitt Town (21%) and the highest at Bilpin (45%) and St Albans (48%). Not a single Hawkesbury booth returned a majority for YES.

In the Lower Blue Mountains five booths returned a narrow majority for NO (43%-49%). The further up into the upper Mountains the higher the YES vote, with Katoomba, Blackheath and Leura returning between 68%-75% YES.

I am interested in your views. Please feel free to comment and share.

A TALE OF TWO MACQUARIES

Yesterday's referendum on an Aboriginal Voice to Parliament drew out some interesting contrasts between the Hawkesbury end of the Macquarie electorate and the Blue Mountains.
Although the overall result for Macquarie was 57% NO, 43% YES, when you break down the booths in both LGA's, the figures become:
HAWKESBURY: 72.5% NO, 26.5% YES
BLUE MOUNTAINS: 34.6% NO, 64.2% YES
The informal vote was similar (~1.1-1.2%) at both ends.

In the Hawkesbury, the lowest YES votes were at Oakville (17%), Cattai and Pitt Town (21%) and the highest at Bilpin (45%) and St Albans (48%). Not a single Hawkesbury booth returned a majority for YES.

In the Lower Blue Mountains five booths returned a narrow majority for NO (43%-49%). The further up into the upper Mountains the higher the YES vote, with Katoomba, Blackheath and Leura returning between 68%-75% YES.

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This is hardly surprising news Nathan. The Hawkesbury is a safe Liberal seat. What interests me more is how the Aboriginal community in the Hawkesbury feels about it, so before you take your crowing any further, maybe it's best to think about that a little more.

This is embarrassing. I cannot believe this country is so selfish

I can’t believe the “ yes” voters are still complaining. You had your vote and lost.

These contrasts aren't new. And west of the river in Hawkesbury aligning more to Blue Mountains in the last federal election is also consistent. Having spent time on pre-poll in Richmond I was incredibly disheartened by the aggression and vitriol exhibited by many no voters. As someone who grew up here, runs multiple businesses locally and is raising my children in the same community, I worry for the lack of thinking beyond the confines of the Hawkesbury.

Embarrassed and saddened to know that about my suburb . Friends overseas can’t believe how strongly Australians have rejected their First Nations people and what it really says about us😥

Typical for the ALP "elitists " in the Mountains 🤣

Why the negative comments on "No" voters? Clearly more people felt it was a better choice. Perhaps a bit more clarity and honesty would have helped, rather than the hidden agenda and lies.

Lower oxygen levels at altitude? 🤪

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