New video launched about Bright Ideas to Build Resilience project

bright3Hawkesbury City Council’s Community Planning and Partnerships team recently launched a new video at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley that features 14 community groups sharing their challenges and their success stories about developing projects in the Hawkesbury. 95 people attended the launch including Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman, State Member for Hawkesbury Robyn Preston, the Mayor of Hawkesbury Councillor Sarah McMahon and Councillors Jill Reardon, Les Sheather and Nathan Zamprogno.

The video documents the stories of local community groups that received grant funding or sponsorship and support for their ideas, and how they made their ideas possible.

“The Bright Ideas to Build Resilience video reveals wonderful stories of community connection from all over the Hawkesbury,” Mayor McMahon said.

“I encourage our community to watch it online as stories like these are inspirational for other community groups, and for anyone thinking of starting a group, or wanting to try a new idea.

“It features community groups of all different types – community groups, interest groups, arts and culture groups, sporting clubs and associations from across the Hawkesbury.

“The video demonstrates resilience through place-based, locally led, community initiatives and the positive outcomes in the Hawkesbury community from the Bright Ideas for Resilience project that was coordinated by Council. The video will be an excellent resource for the Hawkesbury community, both now and in future.”

Watch the video online The groups included in the video are:

Upper Colo Association

Hawkesbury Woodcraft Cooperative

Colo Heights Progress Association

Wilberforce Soccer Club (pictured above with the Mayor on left)

Colo Heights Tennis Club

Bilpin Creative Workshop

St Albans Markets

Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond

Macdonald Valley Association

Hawkesbury PCYC

Macdonald Valley Connected and Prepared

Pitt Town and District Sip and Stitch

Music at St Albans

The Ferry Artists

The Bright Ideas for Resilience project is supported by Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) as part of the Australian Government’s response to the 2019-20 bushfires. Wentworth Healthcare is the provider of NBMPHN.

There are over 320 community groups in the Hawkesbury. If you would like to join a group, you can search the Community Directory at Hawkesbury Library Service or online at or go to to find a group for you.

If you have a bright idea for your community group, see and contact the Community Planning and Partnerships team at Hawkesbury City Council on 4560 4444 for advice on grants and support available.

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