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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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Should we lower Warragamba Dam instead of raising it?

Last week the Mayor advanced a motion at Council that calls on the State Government to change legislation regulating the operation of Warragamba Dam to permit the Dam to be lowered in times of likely high-rainfall which will provide a degree of flood mitigation ability.
I supported the motion, but I want to be very clear that lowering the *operating level* of the dam is not a substitute for *raising* the dam wall, which remains the best way to properly mitigate floods. Here's why...


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The Australian Local Government Assembly – What Hawkesbury can learn from a bigger picture, especially as it relates to natural disasters

Just before the floods overtook us all, I attended the Australian Local Government Assembly (ALGA) down in Canberra, an annual conference that pulls together the 537 local governments around Australia. Our focus is the bigger picture of local government as it relates to the nation as a whole – a perspective that I believe my colleagues often misunderstand because they express little interest in the subject. Presciently, a lot of what we heard about was about the increasing cost of natural disasters, and the disproportionate burden placed on Councils in the repair and cleanup.


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July 2022 Hawkesbury floods

The Hawkesbury-Nepean flood of July 2022 – the worst since 1978

July 5th 2022 represented the worst day of flooding in the Hawkesbury in 44 years. This flood exceeded 13.93m, beating both the March flood (13.71m) and the 2021 flood (12.91m), each measured at the Windsor gauge.
I toured the district, commiserated with locals, and took note of what I saw. This video represents the waters as they peaked. Councillors are being briefed daily by Council staff and we're proactive in guiding the response to the emergency.


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How the community rallied to clean up Pitt Town creeks after the floods

Two months ago I raised the terrible condition of Bardenarang Creek at Pitt Town after the March floods. Well, the community has rallied magnificently to help clean up the creek through the co-ordination of the resident's group, Council, and volunteer organisation Disaster Relief Australia and their corporate partners.


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Long-delayed road sealing program gets underway

Recently residents of Vineyard and Oakville witnessed the welcome sight of the dirt sections of Old Stock Route Road and Brennans Dam Road being sealed. Finally! I had been agitating for this since my election in 2016.


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Sky News Australia special report into flooding on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River

The Hawkesbury-Nepean River will flood again. It's a statistical certainty. I am heartened a major news outlet like Sky News Australia have recently run a four part investigative series on the subject on their Sky Weather channel. What they had to report should concern everyone in the Hawkesbury, Penrith, Hills and surrounding communities subject to flooding. Here is the whole video and some things I learned recently at a national conference where we discussed the increasing risk of natural disasters.


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The family home flooded because they live next door to development

After the March 2022 floods, for one family in Oakville, finding their lounge room flooded with water was the last thing they should have expected, because they live near the top of a hill. The reason was developers next door. Here's what happened, and how Hawkesbury Council's lack of responsiveness to entreaties for help has led them to choose to go public.


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Talking with Hawkesbury Business Owner Darren Pead about Windsor Mall

Hawkesbury business owner Darren Pead is committed to the economic health of the district, and also passionate about how we present and promote our town centres, balancing renewal with enhancement of our wonderful heritage. We sat down and had a chat this week and it makes for a fascinating conversation.


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One of the greatest pleasures of representing the area is attending award ceremonies, and those associated with our volunteer service organisations in particular.

Tonight we gathered to honour over a hundred local RFS volunteers, recipients of the National Emergency Medal, plus a clutch of clasps for Long Service to recognise those among us who have given us 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years of service to the community. And its not just the front-line folk who man a hose, but the catering, logistics, support and comms people as well. Weve been through hell in the last three years, but weve done it together.

What struck me the most was the excellent humour of the night. Although there were dignitaries, and recognition of both sacrifice and loss, everyone was in high spirits, in that everyone knows everyone, laconic and practical common-sense way that the Hawkesbury does so well. The room was full of laughter, while the mature and upcoming generations mingled in friendship.

I love to study what makes strong communities. The spirit of volunteerism and service-above-self is alive and kicking in the Hawkesbury, and it makes me glad.

From the whole community, Thank you!

NSW RFS - Hawkesbury District
NSW Rural Fire Service
Grose Vale Rural Fire Brigade
East Kurrajong RFS
Bilpin Rfs
Mountain Lagoon rural fire Brigade
Ebenezer Rural Fire Brigade
NSW RFS Hawkesbury Catering Brigade
Hawkesbury Rfs Firecontrol
Yarramundi Rfs
Oakville Rural Fire Brigade
St Albans Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
NSW RFS - Wilberforce Brigade
Colo Heights Rural Fire Service
Grose Wold Rural Fire Brigade
Hawkesbury Communications Rural Fire Brigade
Lower Portland RFB
NSW RFS - Lower Macdonald Brigade
Kurrajong Heights Rural Fire Service
Upper Colo Rural Fire Brigade
NSW RFS Community Engagement
Freemans Reach Rural Fire Brigade
Kurrajong Heights Rural Fire Service
NSW RFS - Glossodia Brigade
Tennyson Rural Fire Brigade
Blaxland Ridge Rural Fire Brigade
NSW RFS - Wilberforce Brigade
Hawkesbury Police Area Command
NSW SES Hawkesbury Unit
Robyn Preston MP - Member for Hawkesbury

One of the greatest pleasures of representing the area is attending award ceremonies, and those associated with our volunteer service organisations in particular.

Tonight we gathered to honour over a hundred local RFS volunteers, recipients of the National Emergency Medal, plus a clutch of clasps for Long Service to recognise those among us who have given us 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years of service to the community. And it's not just the front-line folk who man a hose, but the catering, logistics, support and comms people as well. We've been through hell in the last three years, but we've done it together.

What struck me the most was the excellent humour of the night. Although there were dignitaries, and recognition of both sacrifice and loss, everyone was in high spirits, in that 'everyone knows everyone', laconic and practical common-sense way that the Hawkesbury does so well. The room was full of laughter, while the mature and upcoming generations mingled in friendship.

I love to study what makes strong communities. The spirit of volunteerism and service-above-self is alive and kicking in the Hawkesbury, and it makes me glad.

From the whole community, Thank you!

NSW RFS - Hawkesbury District
NSW Rural Fire Service
Grose Vale Rural Fire Brigade
East Kurrajong RFS
Bilpin Rfs
Mountain Lagoon rural fire Brigade
Ebenezer Rural Fire Brigade
NSW RFS Hawkesbury Catering Brigade
Hawkesbury Rfs Firecontrol
Yarramundi Rfs
Oakville Rural Fire Brigade
St Albans Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
NSW RFS - Wilberforce Brigade
Colo Heights Rural Fire Service
Grose Wold Rural Fire Brigade
Hawkesbury Communications Rural Fire Brigade
Lower Portland RFB
NSW RFS - Lower Macdonald Brigade
Kurrajong Heights Rural Fire Service
Upper Colo Rural Fire Brigade
NSW RFS Community Engagement
Freemans Reach Rural Fire Brigade
Kurrajong Heights Rural Fire Service
NSW RFS - Glossodia Brigade
Tennyson Rural Fire Brigade
Blaxland Ridge Rural Fire Brigade
NSW RFS - Wilberforce Brigade
Hawkesbury Police Area Command
NSW SES Hawkesbury Unit
Robyn Preston MP - Member for Hawkesbury
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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. I get to all parts of our beautiful district as often as I can.

On the weekend I joined the Mayor and six other Councillors (McMahon, Sheather, Djuric, Wheeler, Veigel and Reardon), on a ~200k road trip to visit the communities of St Albans, Lower Macdonald, Lower Portland and Colo, to listen to locals and to hear their concerns. We learned a lot, took many notes, and we will be returning to those communities regularly.

Sarah McMahon - Mayor of Hawkesbury
Councillor Shane Djuric
Councillor Danielle Wheeler
Macdonald Valley Association
St Albans Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
St Albans Village Market
St Albans, New South Wales
St Albans Courthouse and Homestead
St Josephs Guesthouse
Settlers Arms Inn
Lower Portland RFB
NSW RFS - Lower Macdonald Brigade
Wisemans Ferry Inn Hotel
Juniors on Hawkesbury
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Especially when they keep posting that they're reviewing and investigating the Thomas James Bridge. It's ridiculous that they're not doing anything at all to improve the situation not even to repair the pot holes on the redirected road. How long will it take for them to fix Settlers road .

Thank you. It is hard in the huge amount of issues associated with flood damage to focus on the core issues but having the opportunity to discuss them hopefully helps the improvements

When the river floods 90% of the LGA is cut off from the Sydney metropolitan area This should be a priority for the 3rd crossing to be started and completed in a practical time

Great to see Councillors Shane Djuric,Les Sheather,and Jill Reardon there with you Nathan.

Thanks again Nathan, you are the ONLY one on council, who gets into the nitty gritty, and sincerely has care and concern for our Hawkesbury

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On the same day the nation mourned the passing of Queen Elizabeth, republican protesters in Sydney and Melbourne burned the Australian flag, chanted “I’m glad the b*tch is dead”, and marched behind banners demanding "Abolish the Monarchy".

This is not who we are. In fact, 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. But we must not become like other countries who have become so partisan in their politics they have lost their ability to talk constructively to one another; where the media, the judiciary and the pulpit become trenches in the culture war.

As for myself, Sarah McMahon - Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Les Sheather and Councillor Shane Djuric, we attended a moving memorial service for Her Majesty at St Matthews Anglican Church Windsor NSW.

It's an oddity than when stories about the Royal Family trend, we attract attention by association, through the novelty of our town bearing the name of the reigning House.

When the 1998 referendum on the republic was counted, 56% of the citizens of Macquarie (which includes the left-leaning Blue Mountains) voted "No". I played a small part in that campaign with Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, which I describe in the video.

The overwhelming respect accorded to the late Queen and our new King makes me think there will be no Australian republic soon, perhaps ever.

Here are my remarks on the subject, but what do you think?

Julian Leeser MP
Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC
Australian Monarchist League
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The protesters were a disgrace to themselves and the Nation. The Queen was a true inspiration and touched the hearts of so many.

The monarchy has no say in how we run our country. To become a republic would be a massive expense with no real benefit to our country but giving power to one possibly narcissistic person. Our current methods of parliament are not perfect but better than most systems

150 years ago, if people screamed that they were glad the Monarch was dead or burned the National Flag they would've been executed for treason....

Maybe if we ignore the rent-a-crowd activists, they will go away. They thrive on making a scene and people remarking on it. Thankfully those twits are only a very small, albeit noisy minority.

I'm sorry Nathan, but I've got to call you out on that. Those people who were burning flags etc, were Aboriginal activists, not republican protestors. What they did was incredibly disrepectful, and it suits their purpose to be seen as anti-monarchist, but they don't speak for republicans. I'm a republican, and I cried when I heard that the Queen had died. I thought she did a tremendous job holding the Commonwealth together through 70 years of momentous change. She will be sorely missed. Like the other republicans I know, we feel that this is a time of mourning, not a time to open debate. That will happen in the next few years, but not today. Those who seek to lump all republicans in with the Aboriginal Resistance, purely for idealogical point-scoring are behaving as repugnantly as the activists themselves

Well stated Nathan...the queen was an outstanding woman and deserves the respect the majority have afforded her...as for the protestors ,what a pathetic lot they are..no substance and will do anything to be noticed..

I never want to see Australia out of the commonwealth.

I agree, it was a disgrace

Well said Nathan. But Why would you class Donald Trump with ruthless dictators?

Before I am convinced to reject Australia becoming a republic can you, Nathan Zamprogno, or anyone out there who supports the existing Constitutional Monarchy, please refer me to the section of any Australian or British law that makes the following power of the Queen (or King) not applicable, or makes it invalid relating to Commonwealth laws passed by both houses of the Australian Parliament and subsequently assented to by the Governor General of Australia... Australian Constitution Section 59: "The King may disallow any law within one year from the Governor-General’s assent" There is no way that I could say with a straight face that Australia was already governed independently of the monarchy and support the status quo unless I could demonstrate that section 59 of the Australian Constitution was not valid or no longer applicable.

Wonder what reaction we would get burning the so called aboriginal flag.

Wonderfully said.

Can't claim sovereignty on other people's land, even this stolen land.

Who are we?

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I gave this interview to Kathryn Gene from Hawkesbury radio station Pulse FM Radio shortly after our recent Council meeting where we resolved to spare the Wilcox home from demolition to consider alternate routes for the Grose River Bridge project.

In the interview, I explain further why I advanced the amendment to reconsider the route, and how glad I am that the amended motion passed with a majority of my colleagues.
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WE CAN ALL SNIFF OUT A COUNCIL UNDER THE TABLE DEAL HERE SO I reckon money to the council from the developer to the council and all hands deal are done or then if the bridge goes ahead I can certainly see more subdivision from the bridge to redbank estate you can see this a fluckin mile away

and typical developers and council under the table slowly slowly bulid the fluckin bridge and a raised up road from an area that does not flood so easily to the bridge JUST LIKE SOUTH WINDSOR AREA TO MCDONALS AT MULGRAVE

wot fluckin bullshit you mean the council accepted the developers plan that a family home was NOT even thought of before giving the plan to demolish the willcox home to put a fluckin road through come one you think we are all New Zealanders and go around looking at the ground looking for the next sheep to plug fluck you are SO stupid

We are pleased to invite people to join us on the National Day of Mourning. Graeme Hunt will play the organ from 9.30 am with a commemorative service from 10am. A collection will be taken in lieu of flowers for Mother's Union which is one of Her Majesty's official charities. Susan Templeman Robyn Preston MP - Member for Hawkesbury Sarah MacMahon Hawkesbury Post The Hawkesbury Gazette ... See MoreSee Less

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Today is Australian Citizenship Day. 
I was honoured to join 35 newly minted Aussies at Council’s citizenship ceremony at Windsor. 
People like Ian, Michelle and Tommy Russell (pictured), representative of people who hail from eleven countries as diverse as Peru, Sweden, Cuba, Nepal, Canada and Britain!
To all our new citizens, welcome!

Today is Australian Citizenship Day.
I was honoured to join 35 newly minted Aussies at Council’s citizenship ceremony at Windsor.
People like Ian, Michelle and Tommy Russell (pictured), representative of people who hail from eleven countries as diverse as Peru, Sweden, Cuba, Nepal, Canada and Britain!
To all our new citizens, welcome!
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Congrats to all the new Australian citizens in the City of Hawkesbury

Thank you councillor.

Congratulations.

Last night's Council meeting ran to 1am. One of the most significant items considered was the revised Voluntary Planning Agreement associated with the Grose River Bridge project.
Many would know of the controversy caused by the baffling insistence of the developers that the road linking Grose Vale Road and Springwood Road plough through the home of the Wilcox family, despite the presence of empty land on either side.

The motion before Council 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 by 7 votes to 5.

I'm also pleased that Councillor Shane Djuric's notice of motion to preserve the gas lamps in Windsor Mall also passed with my support.

My remarks, and who voted which way, is in the video.
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Congratulations Nathan on your leadership, at last the council have done the right thing to support the Wilcox family. Keep fighting for the truth.

Always other options. Thank you for saving the house.

I really think council should of made the developer build the bridge first, before allowing the land to be developed!

Brilliant news on Gas Lamps.Well done to the 7 who voted in support.

Just sad that only 7 voted for saving the home. Shows that councillors are not 100% behind logical community issues

Yay! The gas lamps will stay…. Now we just need a good clean up of our town, more garden beds, more promoting our amazing history, and people will come.

Thank you for including the public and their worries, this has always been kept away from the rest of us unless we attended the meetings and for many of us this is not possible. Keep it up

Well said Nathan for your diligence in persuing the impact on the Wilcox family. As a land owner who will be negatively impacted by this development I have had to consider what is best for the local communities and land owners. The bridge and better access will benefit many , but we should minimise the negative impact on existing land owners who gain nothing and have their future changed for the worst .

Any news on Dual Occupancy? This was a big topic prior to the election with most stating they were in favour…. I’ve seen / heard nothing since..

Thank you Nathan and to the councillors that supported your amendment!

Great news, however, cannot believe Counsellar’s vote for the demolition of the Wilcox home? What are their reasons? What is their agenda? Still a lot of stress on the beautiful Wilcox family though.

Wow that is one long meeting Councillor Nathan Zamprogno So why does the developer want to go straight through the house? Ease of alignment? Is there a heritage listing on the house? I just hope the old State Significant infrastructure clause does not become enacted which Trump's heritage listings. Or a mysterious fire occurs, as that has occurred around Riverstone in the past with buildings that are significant to the wider community. Great job on both accounts, well done!

Great news on the Windsor Mall Gas Lamps. Thanks for your support Councillor Nathan Zamprogno & Councillor Shane Djuric

How about some action to fix the abysmal roads in the Hawkesbury....totally over flat tyre repairs. I'm thinking of invoicing the Council for the amount myself and my family have outlaid for the numerous repairs. Some potholes you could get lost in and what are they filling them with? Dirt 😡

Thank you for your measured voice in council...we need more like you.

Welcome outcomes. Thank you for your work Councillor Nathan Zamprogno.

Well done on seeking to protect the Willcox home!

When do you foresee that there will be a final location selected? How much time will this delay the project by?

Great work Nathan, any movement on granny flats. Seems ridiculous we are the only corner of the city denied them.

Will the Nays have to return the Brown Paper Bags.

Raelene Hodgskin

Of course the Mayor did she needs to explain so much to us . That chick has red flags all over her everything she touches does

Perhaps intending a double hand sake on either side of the road ?

Nathan, not always do I agree with you but you are to be commended on bringing up the issue with the road going through the Wilcox house when there is vacant land either side. I did see the story on Current Affairs and I did read other information and reports regarding this and just shook my head in disbelief on how this has all been swept under the carpet. Also the gas lamps are a no brainer and Windsor is in desperate need of rejuvenation in and around the it, a close look at what they have done around Echuca and other small towns along rivers. Windsor has so many beautiful old buildings and historical value not appreciated since Rex Stubbs.

Well said.

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I travelled into the city today to sign the official condolence book at St Andrews Cathedral Sydney and then to Government House, where many wreaths are being laid. Many solemn and respectful people were gathered at both.

My inscription said: 
From the people of the Hawkesbury, whom Her Majesty visited on several occasions, and from my own family we give thanks for a life well-lived and for a long reign of selfless service to us and the Commonwealth.

We offer our sincere condolences and pray for the long and happy reign of the King.

The Royal Family have indicated a preference for donations to causes of whom Her Majesty was patron rather than flowers, and that is how I will be marking my respect.

I travelled into the city today to sign the official condolence book at St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney and then to Government House, where many wreaths are being laid. Many solemn and respectful people were gathered at both.

My inscription said:
"From the people of the Hawkesbury, whom Her Majesty visited on several occasions, and from my own family we give thanks for a life well-lived and for a long reign of selfless service to us and the Commonwealth.

We offer our sincere condolences and pray for the long and happy reign of the King."

The Royal Family have indicated a preference for donations to causes of whom Her Majesty was patron rather than flowers, and that is how I will be marking my respect.
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Thanks for your representation Nathan 👍

I Will Be Signing The Book In Windsor

Perfect. Thankyou.

I was there too last Saturday.

I have signed the Condolence Book

Thank you 🙏

Well said well done

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I have asked the General Manager of Council to make some provision for a condolence book for people to sign, as a mark of respect for the passing of Her Majesty.

The location, such as Council's chambers or the Library will be announced soon.
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And there is a condolence book available in my office in Windsor, from today, for those who wish to share a message on the sad occasion of the Queen’s death.

Great idea, be nice to have a gallery set up of some pictures of the late HRH and in particular of her visiting the Hawkesbury. ❤️🙏

Thankyou, I was just about to message Council about this!

Outside St Matthew’s Church in Windsor would be a nice place to have a condolence book and leave flowers as Her Majesty the Queen visited there in 1970

Great idea, it would be nice to have a gallery set up of HM Queen Elizabeth II and of her and HRH Prince Philip’s visit to the Hawkesbury permanently at the council chambers.

I was about to message and phone council regarding this, this is such a sad day

Sorry to pester you Councillor, but will there be anywhere to take flowers? My 75 year old Mum would like to leave flowers somewhere, but doesn't want to travel to Government House to do it, understandbly! Thanks

Vive la République

Viva the Republic

Why aren't the flags at half mast in our schools in the hawkesbury

I’d love to sign the book but I don’t want to risk damaging my wheels on the pot holes. I might go sign a book in hills or Blacktown council where the roads are a little better.

Great idea !

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ELIZABETH THE GREAT

“The price we pay for love, is grief”, said the Queen.
Our first impulse must be human. Today, a family is dealing with the loss of their beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

I’m devastated, and yet find solace that the Queen passed with family by her side and with dignity. 

89% of Australians are too young to have known any other monarch. Her Majesty has been a source of constancy, reliability and wisdom for the Commonwealth. Her commitment to serve us as the mark of her rule deserves honour. She was, quite simply, good, and we are dimished by her passing. 

This will dominate the news for weeks. We should remember that our Constitutional arrangements have conferred stable, democratic government for centuries, and that the death of our beloved Queen makes no case for change. 

Long live the King.

ELIZABETH THE GREAT

“The price we pay for love, is grief”, said the Queen.
Our first impulse must be human. Today, a family is dealing with the loss of their beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

I’m devastated, and yet find solace that the Queen passed with family by her side and with dignity.

89% of Australians are too young to have known any other monarch. Her Majesty has been a source of constancy, reliability and wisdom for the Commonwealth. Her commitment to serve us as the mark of her rule deserves honour. She was, quite simply, good, and we are dimished by her passing.

This will dominate the news for weeks. We should remember that our Constitutional arrangements have conferred stable, democratic government for centuries, and that the death of our beloved Queen makes no case for change.

Long live the King.
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She sure was totally devoted to serve, an amazing women. 💔 Well said Nathan.

Beautiful words Nathan-she was indeed Elizabeth the Great👸🏼🙏🕊✝️💔

Lovely tribute & well said 👍

Nice one Nathan. So sad. Somehow I thought she would live forever.

That was so well said and so very true.

So well said Nathan.

Yep, well said Nathan

Well said Nathan.

Well done Nathan, she was a great woman, went about her business with humility, dignity and little fuss, and inspiration to all of us, I will never forget her, RIP your majesty.

Well said

Well said Nathan

Here here!

Well said

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Today's post continue the series I've started of time-lapse footage of Live Traffic NSW's webcams around the Hawkesbury

I wrote a computer program that downloads the live footage and then stitches it into time-lapses. Here's the Webbs Creek ferry for one week, Sunday to Sunday, compressed into 93 seconds.

The river is somewhat tidal, and you can see it ebb and rise through the day.

Fingers crossed there's no floods coming, but this could provide some insight into how rapidly the waters can rise. I've asked if higher-resolution footage is available. Not yet I'm told but I'll keep at them.

I'm uploading time-lapses from the seven camera through the week.
It's kinda hypnotic. Like and share if you feel the same way.
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Today's post continues the series I've started of time-lapse footage of Live Traffic NSW's webcams around the Hawkesbury.

I wrote a computer program that downloads the live footage and then stitches it into time-lapses. Here's the Wisemans Ferry as seen from the north side for one week, Sunday to Sunday, compressed into 86 seconds.

The river is significantly more tidal here, and the rise and ebb are quite hypnotic, like a giant's respiration.

Fingers crossed there's no floods coming, but this could provide some insight into how rapidly the waters can rise. I've asked if higher-resolution footage is available. Not yet I'm told but I'll keep at them.

I'm uploading time-lapses from the seven camera through the week.
Like and share if you feel the same way.
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