Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and advice of relevant state and government authorities, Council has cancelled or changed most upcoming community and civic events, programs and activities.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and community. These are unprecedented times and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Please follow all Federal Government guidelines relating to social distancing and public gatherings.

Summary of changes to events

Council Events

The following events are on hold or cancelled until further notice.

  • Remagine 2020
  • Westside Vibe 2020
  • All regular library programs and events, including Meet the Author and Mums and Bubs
  • Youth Week Comedy Night
  • Sustainability workshops and talks, including Compost and Worm Farming Workshops
  • School holiday programs
  • Children’s Voices for Reconciliation
  • Festival of the Arts
  • Hornsby Art Prize
  • Screen on the Green 2020
  • Guided Bushwalks

Website Calendar of Events

Citizenship Ceremonies

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the emergence of active cases in Hornsby Shire,  Citizenship Ceremonies which were due to be conducted on Wednesday 19 August 2020, have been cancelled.

This is necessary for the health and wellbeing of candidates and our staff, which is always our top priority.

Candidates will be contacted for a face-to-face ceremony, or a virtual ceremony, by the Department of Home Affairs in the near future.

Council’s General Meetings

Council’s General Meetings during the COVID-19 emergency period will proceed on the second Wednesday of each month commencing at 6.30pm.

Consistent with the messaging from the NSW Government, and in the interests of public health, the Meetings will be conducted on line.

Most Councillors and Senior Staff will be “attending” and participating in the Meetings via audio-visual links and members of the public will not be permitted to attend the Council Chambers.

Updated arrangements for members of the public who wish to address Council about agenda or non-agenda items: You will be able to participate verbally in the Meeting via a ZOOM meeting link. Details about the process will be provided when you register to speak. Registrations to speak and copies of your address to Council are to be received by Council no later than 12 noon on the day of the Meeting.

Generally, a maximum of four addresses from the public are permitted on any agenda or non-agenda item – usually two addresses for and two against the recommendation, in respect of agenda items. Where more than four registrations to speak are received on an item, preference will be given to those registrations received by Council first. The General Manager will advise the meeting of any further addresses received.

A time limit of three minutes per address still applies so members of the public should ensure their addresses meet this criteria.

All of the written addresses will be distributed to Councillors and relevant Senior Staff prior to the Meeting to ensure that Councillors have all available information on hand to make appropriate and well-informed decisions.

The on line Meetings will continue to be live-streamed, however, different technology is being utilised for the live-streaming process. Consequently the live-stream view of the Meeting will be a little different to what it has been previously, but it will still be viewable via the usual link: http://hornsby.webcastcloud.tv

If there are any questions in respect of the above, contact should be made with Council’s Governance and Administration Coordinator on 9847 6761 or by emailing SColburt@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.