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An announcement.

I was elected as a Liberal Party Councillor five years ago. It has been an incredible honour to serve and represent the Hawkesbury community since then.

However, I will be standing at the coming Local Government election on 4th September as an indepdendent candidate.

Many people have thanked me over the years for being a ‘straight shooter’. I speak my mind and I’m led by both evidence, and my conscience in the positions I take on Council. I’m looking forward to doing that even more now.

I am presently drawing together my team of running mates (get in touch if you’re interested), and will have more to say in the coming days.

I am excited about the possibilities. If you don’t already, please follow me on-line to get updates.

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What a thrilling day at the Olympics, and theres a Hawkesbury-Nepean connection!

Congratulations to our Gold medallists in the Womens Four Rowing squad:  Rosemary Popa, Lucy Stephan, Annabelle McIntyre and Jessica Morrison; and also to our Gold medallists in the Mens Four squad, Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill.

I got in touch with the Rowing Australia team in Tokyo and asked if these Olympians had trained on our river. The text came back quickly: Yes!

As Chairman of the Hawkesbury River County Council, we had the responsibility of keeping the river clear of weeds in the lead up to Tokyo so these athletes could train at their Penrith facility.
Its been a challenge to maintain our funding to perform this essential work, and this just underlines the importance of clean and navigable waterways.

Im just thrilled that theyve achieved their dream of Olympic Gold. Well done!

Penrith Rowing Club
Rowing NSW
Melissa McIntosh MP
Australian Olympic Team
Penrith City Council
Hawkesbury City Council
Hawkesbury Post
Hawkesbury Gazette
The Western Weekender

What a thrilling day at the Olympics, and there's a Hawkesbury-Nepean connection!

Congratulations to our Gold medallists in the Women's Four Rowing squad: Rosemary Popa, Lucy Stephan, Annabelle McIntyre and Jessica Morrison; and also to our Gold medallists in the Men's Four squad, Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill.

I got in touch with the Rowing Australia team in Tokyo and asked if these Olympians had trained on our river. The text came back quickly: Yes!

As Chairman of the Hawkesbury River County Council, we had the responsibility of keeping the river clear of weeds in the lead up to Tokyo so these athletes could train at their Penrith facility.
It's been a challenge to maintain our funding to perform this essential work, and this just underlines the importance of clean and navigable waterways.

I'm just thrilled that they've achieved their dream of Olympic Gold. Well done!

Penrith Rowing Club
Rowing NSW
Melissa McIntosh MP
Australian Olympic Team
Penrith City Council
Hawkesbury City Council
Hawkesbury Post
Hawkesbury Gazette
The Western Weekender
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Recently, residents at McGraths Hill approached me about the legality of Colbee Park at McGraths Hill being used for Archery practice, after observing people engaged in that activity. I undertook to make inquiries with Council staff and have received the following response.

This site, managed by Hawkesbury Sports Council is signposted in four different locations indicating that archery is prohibited. Hawkesbury Sports Council did receive reports from the public regarding people using the park for archery and reported this to Windsor Police with a request that additional patrols be made of the area. No further reports of these activities continuing have been received by the Sports Council.
 
Even though archery can be seen as dangerous activity, signage has not been placed in all our parks banning such practice. Council does not sign post an exhaustive list of what people can or cannot do in our parks, however if issues emerge we can undertake signage as required to enable enforcement by NSW Police if needed.

Recently, residents at McGraths Hill approached me about the legality of Colbee Park at McGraths Hill being used for Archery practice, after observing people engaged in that activity. I undertook to make inquiries with Council staff and have received the following response.

"This site, managed by Hawkesbury Sports Council is signposted in four different locations indicating that archery is prohibited. Hawkesbury Sports Council did receive reports from the public regarding people using the park for archery and reported this to Windsor Police with a request that additional patrols be made of the area. No further reports of these activities continuing have been received by the Sports Council.

Even though archery can be seen as dangerous activity, signage has not been placed in all our parks banning such practice. Council does not sign post an exhaustive list of what people can or cannot do in our parks, however if issues emerge we can undertake signage as required to enable enforcement by NSW Police if needed."
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Gold! Amidst all the sadness and angst at home, lets cheer for our high achievers in Tokyo! Well done to Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris, smashing the World Record for the Womens 4x100m freestyle relay! Just brilliant.

Gold! Amidst all the sadness and angst at home, let's cheer for our high achievers in Tokyo! Well done to Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris, smashing the World Record for the Women's 4x100m freestyle relay! Just brilliant. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Its the small things that make a difference. I was picking up some mail at the Pitt Town Post Office and the Postmaster Kevin De La Rue pointed out the dangerous edge to the footpath that had been lifted by a nearby Jacaranda. Several townsfolk have tripped and were lucky to escape more serious injury.

I immediately got Council staff to assess the site. Today I have been informed that in consultation with Kevin, the tree will be retained and the section of pathway that has lifted will be removed and replaced with asphalt, at a distance further away from the tree. 
Given the Public Health Order restrictions that are in place, these works will be delayed until such time as restrictions have been lifted.

It's the small things that make a difference. I was picking up some mail at the Pitt Town Australia Post - Pitt Town LPO Office and the Postmaster Kevin De La Rue pointed out the dangerous edge to the footpath that had been lifted by a nearby Jacaranda. Several townsfolk have tripped and were lucky to escape more serious injury.

I immediately got Council staff to assess the site. Today I have been informed that in consultation with Kevin, the tree will be retained and the section of pathway that has lifted will be removed and replaced with asphalt, at a distance further away from the tree.
Given the Public Health Order restrictions that are in place, these works will be delayed until such time as restrictions have been lifted.
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Nathan you might want to point out to council that the bloody tree is also about to create a nice big speed hump in the road, I'm surprised you didn't trip over it. Every truck that drives up the street takes a chunk out of all these Jacarandas up Bathurst St, and the rubbish from them is left over the road for residents to clean up, perhaps they could be trimmed more than once every 18 months? Perhaps they could look at removing them & if there is a need they could replace with something more suitable.

How about sticking it to the government and getting all us Pitt town people back to work and out of lockdown so we can go to the bird in the hand!! We can handle a bumpy footpath 🤦‍♂️

That’s what your supposed to do as a councillor

AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM COUNCILLOR NATHAN ZAMPROGNO.

I was elected as a Liberal Party Councillor to Hawkesbury Council five years ago. It has been an incredible honour to serve and represent the Hawkesbury community since then.

However, I will be standing at the coming Local Government election on 4th September as an independent candidate.

Many people have thanked me over the years for being a ‘straight shooter’. I speak my mind. I try to be led by both the evidence, and my conscience in the positions I take on Council. I’m looking forward to doing that even more now.

I am presently drawing together my team of running mates (get in touch if you’re interested), and will have more to say in the coming days.

Getting any kind of message out during a pandemic lockdown is hard. Normally, people would be out and about now and meeting you at the shops, sports clubs, progress associations, RFS and service organisations.
That's not happening, and the quality of those who end up being elected will suffer if people don't engage.

If you don’t already, please follow me on-line to get updates.
I'd be more than usually grateful if you'd share this post to get the word out.
Lastly, if it's been a while since you visited my website, have a look, because it's been completely revamped:
councillorzamprogno.info
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Good luck Nathan you’re a good man who truely cares 👍

I don't always agree with you but at least you actually try to represent your constituents.Being an independent may free you to do that better.

Best of luck with your campaign Nathan, I hope you are re-elected to Hawkesbury Council

Best wishes for the elections. Can't say I'm surprised by this outcome. This council needs strong analytical thinkers, good communicators and decision makers who can balance competing objectives and not just run a one horse agenda.

Wishing you all the best with your campaign.....

Does that make you a ‘Pretendipendent’ then Nathan? 😜 Seriously though, best of luck with your campaign - it is refreshing you have realised the value of independent voices representing our community. Just to clarify - are you still a member of the Liberal Party, or did the ‘ I Quit’ caption mean you have resigned from the Liberal Party?

Best of luck mate. You have done your job that you were elected for well. Unfortunately the party you held in high esteem is going to shit. You might want to buy them a mirror so they can have a good look at themselves.

Well done. I think you will make a great independent candidate 🎉🍾

Jackie Taylor

There was a comment earlier talking about Grinder where has that gone? I have heard numerous rumours about that so why delete it?

Best of luck Nathan good on you 👍🏻

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HAWKESBURY COUNCIL COVID RESTRICTIONS AND FACILITIES UPDATE
SATURDAY, 17 JULY 2021 - VALID UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Council facilities that are operating as usual are:
✅Customer Service telephone, email and Facebook
✅Visitor Information Centre telephone, email and Facebook
✅All kerbside collections – domestic, recycling and green waste
✅Kerbside rubbish collection
✅Council meetings (viewing online only via YouTube.)
✅Parks (residents need to adhere to the NSW Government Legislation on Movement and Social Distancing).
✅Playgrounds
✅Skate parks
✅Tennis Courts

In order to try to keep our community safe, the following Council services are currently CLOSED until further notice:
❌Council Administration Building
❌Hawkesbury Central Library
❌Richmond Branch Library
❌Hawkesbury Regional Museum
❌Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
❌Richmond Swimming Centre
❌Oasis Aquatic and Leisure Centre, South Windsor
❌Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium
❌Hawkesbury Community Nursery
❌Upper Colo Reserve
❌All Community Centres for public access, please contact via phone
❌Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter - Call for lost pets (FROM SUNDAY, 18 JULY)
❌Waste Management Facility (FROM MONDAY, 19 JULY)

⚠️Council encourages everyone to use its online services at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
For any enquiries, please call Council’s Customer Service number on 4560 4444 or email council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
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Fantastic results at the recent Liberal Pre-Selections for the next Local Govt. Elections come September (we hope). In fact, I was so impressed I forced myself to open up an expensive bottle of Para Port to celebrate. Well done !

Thanks Nathan -good to know. I assume the Waste Management Facility is Hawkesbury Tip

Jenolan Caves has been a special place for me my whole life. I did my work experience there as a guide in year 10. I spelunked there with the Sydney University Speleological Society (SUSS) in my Uni days. I hiked the Six Foot Track. I led school science excursions there for many years.

I visited in January, and was immediately saddened by the catastrophic damage wrought by the 2020 bushfires, an earlier flood, observing the precinct looking run down and worn.

I immediately wrote to the local member Paul Toole MP and the relevant Minister, Matt Kean MP to seek urgent intervention.

I am very pleased that today the NSW Government announced a further $7.9M of funding to conduct repairs, bringing the total commitment to renovate the Caves precinct to $20M.

My representation and further details at my site:
https://councillorzamprogno.info/2021/07/13/we-should-look-after-jenolan-caves-better/

Jenolan Caves has been a special place for me my whole life. I did my work experience there as a guide in year 10. I spelunked there with the Sydney University Speleological Society (SUSS) in my Uni days. I hiked the Six Foot Track. I led school science excursions there for many years.

I visited in January, and was immediately saddened by the catastrophic damage wrought by the 2020 bushfires, an earlier flood, observing the precinct looking run down and worn.

I immediately wrote to the local member Paul Toole MP and the relevant Minister, Matt Kean MP to seek urgent intervention.

I am very pleased that today the NSW Government announced a further $7.9M of funding to conduct repairs, bringing the total commitment to renovate the Caves precinct to $20M.

My representation and further details at my site:
councillorzamprogno.info/2021/07/13/we-should-look-after-jenolan-caves-better/
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Love this place too. A wonderful blend of heritage and conservation. A place in which any mortal human will feel a sense of nature’s awe, from the drive to the valley, the forested hills, and the caves themselves. It has also been affected by weed invasion over its history, and given the recent disturbances this is a great time to fully get on top of it. I haven’t looked at the detailed operational proposal, but I’m hoping bush regenerative practices have been included.

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