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NSW Government Bushfire Donations Partner GIVIT Calling for Charities to Register for Vital Goods
22 Jan 2020
NSW Government Bushfire Donations Partner GIVIT Calling for Charities to Register for Vital Goods
Charities, service providers and groups assisting bushfire-impacted communities are encouraged to register with national not-for-profit GIVIT, official bushfire donation management partner of the NSW Government, to gain coordinated access to donations of cash, items and services. 
Tourism Funding Package an Important Step Towards Recovery
21 Jan 2020
Tourism Funding Package an Important Step Towards Recovery
Labor welcomes the announcement on the weekend of Government support to help the tourism industry recover from the impact of the bushfire crisis. 
The Best Ways to Lend a Hand to Bushfire Relief
21 Jan 2020
The Best Ways to Lend a Hand to Bushfire Relief
Millions of hectares of bush have been burned. Dozens of lives have been lost. Up to a billion mammals, birds, reptiles, bats, frogs and invertebrates may have died. Smoke from Australia’s bushfires has reached as far as New Zealand and Chile. Australia’s bush capital has recorded the worst air quality in the world. 
Applications Now Open - Penrith Youth Orchestra 2020
20 Jan 2020
Applications Now Open - Penrith Youth Orchestra 2020
In partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Penrith Symphony Orchestra 
Penrith Arts Lover - The Membership Key that Unlocks your Creative City
18 Jan 2020
Penrith Arts Lover - The Membership Key that Unlocks your Creative City
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery, Q Theatre and Penrith Con present;

Penrith Arts Lover
The membership Key that unlocks your Creative City 
RSPCA NSW Outlines Bushfire Relief and Recovery Plan
17 Jan 2020
RSPCA NSW Outlines Bushfire Relief and Recovery Plan
RSPCA NSW is providing relief and recovery assistance to animals that have been impacted by Australia’s bushfire crisis. 
Scottish and World Folk Music Industry Rally for Australian Bushfires
16 Jan 2020
Scottish and World Folk Music Industry Rally for Australian Bushfires
Leading folk festivals, events and musicians around the world have rallied to raise funds in support of those affected by the Australian bushfires in a campaign initiated by the Year Of Scotland in Australia 2020, the largest ever program of Scottish music and culture currently underway throughout the country. 
Immediate Mental Health Services Deployed into Fire Affected Communities
14 Jan 2020
Immediate Mental Health Services Deployed into Fire Affected Communities
More mental health support services will be immediately provided to firefighters, emergency personnel, individuals and communities impacted by the ongoing bushfire disaster. 
The Joan 2020 Kids & Families Season is here!
13 Jan 2020
The Joan 2020 Kids & Families Season is here!
Join us for a Year of Surprises, Laughs, Magic and Imagination 
Tennis NSW Legacy Fund to Deliver Long-Term Benefits for Grassroots Tennis in the State
12 Jan 2020
Tennis NSW Legacy Fund to Deliver Long-Term Benefits for Grassroots Tennis in the State
The New South Wales tennis community is set to benefit from significant investment through a legacy fund, established by the NSW Government and Tennis NSW, as a result of securing the ATP Cup in Sydney. 
Million-Dollar Recovery Grant for Bushfire-Hit Communities in The Hawkebsury
11 Jan 2020
Million-Dollar Recovery Grant for Bushfire-Hit Communities in The Hawkebsury
Bushfire-hit communities in the Hawkebsury will be able to rebuild sooner with an initial and immediate $1 million grant from the Morrison Government. 
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne to Play in Windsor
10 Jan 2020
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne to Play in Windsor
After several successful european tours in 2018 and 2019 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming back to Australia in summer 2020 with a powerful and lovely new programme. 
Number of P2 masks for bushfires increases to more than 1.8 million
9 Jan 2020
Number of P2 masks for bushfires increases to more than 1.8 million
The Australian Government is now supplying more than 1.8 million P2 face masks to assist frontline workers and those at risk in communities affected by the bushfires. 
National Bushfire Recovery Agency
8 Jan 2020
National Bushfire Recovery Agency
The Federal Government will establish a new agency with an initial $2 billion for a national bushfire recovery fund to coordinate a national response to rebuild communities and livelihoods after the devastating fire-front has passed. 
Fears Some Will Miss Out on Compensation
3 Jan 2020
Fears Some Will Miss Out on Compensation
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman says the announcement of compensation for some volunteer firefighters will be welcome. 
ADF Continues to Support Firefighting Effort
3 Jan 2020
ADF Continues to Support Firefighting Effort
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will increase its support to fire authorities, deploying additional specialist personnel to advise Incident Controllers at Fire Control Centres in New South Wales. 
Festive Foods to Keep Away From Your Pets:
24 Dec 2019
Festive Foods to Keep Away From Your Pets:
Before you drop a tidbit under the table, think about what it could do to your pet’s health. Christmas food is among some of the most dangerous for animals to consume. 
If You Are Sick or Injured this Christmas, the Emergency Department May Not Be Your Only Option…
22 Dec 2019
If You Are Sick or Injured this Christmas, the Emergency Department May Not Be Your Only Option…
Up to two-thirds of emergency room patients presenting at night and on weekends could have been treated by a GP, according to local data. 
What’s On in January 2020 at The Joan
22 Dec 2019
What’s On in January 2020 at The Joan
It’s steaming hot outside; school holidays are almost in full swing and it’s the beginning of the festive season. How about retreating to a cool, dark theatre to indulge yourself in some of the most iconic movies to come out of the 80s? Or enrolling the kids in some of the country’s best renowned theatre and dance workshops for young people? 
ECHR Presents: Hawkesbury River Express and Brisbane Waters Limited Tour
19 Dec 2019
ECHR Presents: Hawkesbury River Express and Brisbane Waters Limited Tour
East Coast Heritage Rail by 3801 Limited, a non-profit organisation, strive in preserving the core of railway heritage through enjoyable, full day train tours. 
State Wide Total Fire Ban as Residents Urged to Be Prepared
18 Dec 2019
State Wide Total Fire Ban as Residents Urged to Be Prepared
With temperatures set to soar over coming days NSW Rural Fire Service have declared a state wide total fire ban,and is urging communities to prepare. 
The Low-Down on Burglars' Tricks of the Trade
16 Dec 2019
The Low-Down on Burglars' Tricks of the Trade
A burglary occurs in Australia every three minutes and the end-of-year holiday period is peak season. The best way to protect your home against burglary is to know how burglars think. 
Crunch Time for Western Sydney School Leavers to Decide on Plan A
15 Dec 2019
Crunch Time for Western Sydney School Leavers to Decide on Plan A
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Michael Cullen is urging school leavers to take advantage of fee-free training to equip them with the skills they need to secure jobs with local employers who are crying out for qualified employees. 
Parents Stand Strong as ‘Pester-Power’ Loses its Punch this Christmas
14 Dec 2019
Parents Stand Strong as ‘Pester-Power’ Loses its Punch this Christmas
Heading into Christmas, every parent is acutely aware of the ‘power of pester’: the constant asking, niggling and whining that kids typically turn on at the most inconvenient times. 
The Magic Ingredient in Australia’s Favourite Christmas Cake
12 Dec 2019
The Magic Ingredient in Australia’s Favourite Christmas Cake
Christmas is just two weeks away and Australia’s favourite festive treats are back! 
Level 2 Restrictions Apply from 10 December
10 Dec 2019
Level 2 Restrictions Apply from 10 December
Water restrictions target outdoor water use, but there are some indoor water uses that are subject to restrictions, such as filling indoor swimming pools and water features, and operating car wash businesses in shopping centre car parks. 
Senator Payne Announces Funding for the Hawkesbury Men’s Shed
8 Dec 2019
Senator Payne Announces Funding for the Hawkesbury Men’s Shed
An important funding boost has been announced to support the Hawkesbury Men’s Shed under Round 19 of the Morrison Government’s National Shed Development Programme. 
All Local School Zones Enforced
5 Dec 2019
All Local School Zones Enforced
Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney today reminds motorists that school zones are in place for all schools until the final day of the 2019 NSW Education Department school term. 
Community Consultation Continues on Hawkesbury River Third Crossing
4 Dec 2019
Community Consultation Continues on Hawkesbury River Third Crossing
A range of potential routes for the Hawkesbury River Third crossing have been released by Transport for NSW, and the Hawkesbury community is invited to give their input. 
Putty Road: The Dream Route For Motorcyclists
30 Nov 2019
Putty Road: The Dream Route For Motorcyclists
Following the 2019 Australian Motorcycle Festival in Wollongong, many motorbike enthusiasts will be looking for exciting routes and biking adventures to keep the festival alive. The Hawkesbury area has much to offer the motorcyclist, and there are popular routes throughout the area, taking in the beautiful landscapes offered by the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury River Valley. One of the routes most popular with motorcyclists, however, is Putty Road. 
Partnership Brings Much Needed Relief
29 Nov 2019
Partnership Brings Much Needed Relief
With the drought and ongoing bushfire threats causing mounting pressure on farmers and food production, a new partnership is bringing some welcome relief to disadvantaged families in NSW. 
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