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Vale Robert Nault

Robert Nault We are sad to have to report the passing of presenter Robert Nault, husband of another presenter Susan, and father of his son Christopher. Robert was 65 and finally succumbed after a 5 year battle with cancer.

Robert was a keen volunteer to many apsects of Hawkesbury life, very active in equestrian sports and loved Ice Hockey, specially his team The Edmonton Oilers from Alberta - his home town.

Robert was thrilled to become a presenter on Hawkesbury Radio only weeks before his passing, and we are the richer for his presence at the station.

Ice Hockey - New Sport On The Station

Sydney Bears Ice HockeyOn Sunday 8th May the Hawkesbury Radio Sports Team, ventured to the Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink, to cover the Second Battle Of Sydney in the 2016 Season, between the Sydney Bears and the Sydney Ice Dogs in the Australian Ice Hockey League.

It was a first for the station to cover the sport and was the first time the league has been covered in terrestrial radio, not just in Sydney but Australia wide.

The result didn’t go the Sydney Bears way, who are based in Penrith but put a big showing, forcing the game into shootout, after the score was locked up at 3-3, but weren't able to to score a goal during the Shootout.

It was still a terrific night of Ice Hockey and a great night for the station, but couldn't have been done without the help of a lot of people. Thanks to:

  • Sydney Ice Dogs for finding a spot for us to call and promoting the call,
  • The Liverpool Catholic Club for providing us a phone line to make the game possible.
  • The Sydney Bears for promoting the call and allowing us the opportunity to talk to the General Manager of the club, Wayne Hellyer, as well as Geoff Koop from the CBR Brave Call Team and Luke Worthington from the Perth Thunder Call Team for chatting to us before the game.
  • Julian Daw and Eric Brook for describing the action brilliantly,
  • the Hawkesbury Radio board for allowing us to try something new and finally
  • you the listeners for all the kind words about the coverage.

Listen to the interview with Julian Daw speaking to Sydney Bears General Manager, Wayne Hellyer about the history of the club and the AIHL.

Co-operative Rule Changes coming up..

Station's constitution UPDATE: There was considerable vigorous debate at the AGM about the rules, but in the end, the Special Resolution to approve the new rules was passed by more than the required two thirds vote. The Draft Rules have now been sent to the Department of Fair Trading for registration. Once they are registered, the new rules will become the rules we are governed by.

It's been more than 20 years since we changed the rules of the Co-operative, and it's probably time we reviewed how appropriate the current rules are for today's environment. Also, the Co-operatives Act has changed several times since we last updated our rules, including a major change to bring the NSW Act into line with the Co-operatives National Law. Our rules no longer fully comply with the Cooperatives Act and require some revisions because of that.

Therefore we will soon be calling a Special General Meeting soon to consider changes to our constitution with a view to achieving the following:

  1. bring our rules into compliance with the current Co-operatives Act (as amended).
  2. take account of changed circumstances and needs of the Co-operative since the rules were last modified (if the members think such changes are necessary)

Please think about our rules and what you think ought to be modified (if anything). Shortly we will be posting some draft rules for you to consider and discuss if you want to. Keep watching this space for more about this important activity. The rules of the Co-operative affect everything about how the station runs.

Community noticeboard

Community NoticeboardCommunity Noticeboard is a free public service  from Hawkesbury Radio.  Not-for-profit organisations holding events in our listening area or close to it, are welcome to let us know about forthcoming events, which will be included in our noticeboard announcements several times a day.

All you have to do is let us know at least two weeks in advance,  and make sure you give us details of a contact person so we can follow up with one of the organisers.

Now you can contact our Community Noticeboard team on line through our Community Noticeboard page. >>>

Community Relations Committee needs more members

The station’s Community Relations Committee is looking for more members. If you'd like to be involved in this committee, please let Community Relations Director Mike Kear know as soon as possible.

The Community Relations committee manages our station's activities with not-for-profit organisations around our listening area. Our most obvious function is the regular free Noticeboard segments that run frequently on air. It's our job to collate the information for the Noticeboard and produce those on-air segments weekly

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But our role is wider than just the noticeboard. Part of the station’s reason for being is to be a part of the Hawkesbury community and to enable community access to our programming in a way that dovetails with all our other activities. We have a range of things planned and in the planning for this coming year and we need to find members who are interested in being a part of this vital function for Hawkesbury Radio.

You'll need to be:

  • A member of the co-operative,
  • Willing to contribute ideas in a positive way
  • willing to do a bit of work to help further the station's objectives in the community

You don't need to have a lot of experience with the station, just some enthusiasm and willingness to contribute that's all.

If you would like to know more about this committee and how you could be involved, contact Mike Kear using one of the methods below to discuss how you might be involved.

Email: webmaster@hawkesburyradio.com.au
Or just leave a note in the mailbox in the office door.

Mike Kear
Community Relations Director

Update on John Bryant

In July of last year the majority of members at a Special General Meeting of the Co-operative voted to expel John Bryant as a member.

Subsequently Mr Bryant took legal action against the Co-operative in the Supreme Court of NSW to have his expulsion declared void and of no effect. The court hearing was held in Sydney on 5 and 6 of June 2014.

The Terms of Judgement made by the Court were as follows:

The Court declares:

  1. That the purported expulsion of the Plaintiff as a member of the Defendant on 16 July 2013 was void and of no effect.

The Court orders:

  1. That the Defendant forthwith take all steps and do all things necessary to give effect to the above declaration so as to reinstate the Plaintiff as a member of the Defendant.
  2. That each party pays his and its own costs of the proceedings.

The Terms of Judgement have been implemented exactly as required and the legal proceedings are now at an end.

Web Site Hacked

Web site hackedOur site was recently broken into and a file modified with some links to dubious e-commerce sites and a malware script added to the bottom of the pages.     This caused visitors' anti-virus and anti-malware protection to trigger and warn that a malicious virus has been loaded onto the visitors home computer as they browsed around our site.    

The exploit was quickly detected and neutralised.

Our web site gets about 50-100 attempted hacking exploits every DAY normally.   We have defences in place to deal with these threats and they are updated frequently as a normal part of our regular maintenance on the site.    The threats range from people attemping to post inappropriate material to the guestbook up to attempts to break into our database.   Once a hacker gets into the database, they can steal information or do damage to our data.   Often, they are searching for customer information or credit card details for criminal purposes.  (Just for the record, we dont have any of that kind of information in our database for them to steal).

The most recent exploit was a new type for us, and we have built a new defence mechanism against it. 

We are sorry if anyone was alarmed by the addition of this script to the bottom of our pages- it wasn't of our causing, and we hope we wont see it again.      We are certain that there will be new attempts, because we have been fending off attempts to hack into the site every day for a decade or more.   The current count of ip addresses used to attempt to gain access to our site is 48,593 since we started keeping records.

Update:  The attack attempts continue unabated.  As at 10 February,  the number of ip addresses (computer locations) identifying as atempting to gain access to our site is now 63,934 

Our coverage of the Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic

Once again, Hawkesbury Radio was covering The Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic, which is Australia 's internationally renowned water ski race. Set amidst the backdrop of the picturesque scenery of the incredible Hawkesbury River, this event attracts competitors nationally and globally. It is a great adventure that commences at Dangar Island in Broken Bay and proceeds along the length of the Hawkesbury River finishing in the historic town of Windsor . Interstate and overseas competitors are amazed at the beauty and hospitality of the Hawkesbury region and in particular the township of Windsor, the renowned home of the Bridge to Bridge.

Our outside broadcast bus was again at the finish line to cover all the excitement.  Here are some pictures from the event ...

Tiana,  Lumpy's niece helps out in the Hawkesbury Radio OB Bus$40K raised for the Steve Waugh Foundation by the winners, team F2 StingaL-R: Lumpy, Steve Waugh, Gavin Robertson, Noel Selby

Congratulations to the Rugby League Call Team!!!!

For FIFTEEN YEARS now, Hawkesbury Radio's rugby league call team has kept up a high quality live call all season.   It's no small achievement to keep it up all that time, and maintain the professional quality of the broadcasts,  bringing the rugby league to our listeners week in, week out.

This provides a valuable service to the listeners in the Hawkesbury - enabling them to stay in touch with their team even if they can't attend the game.     Our call team has a sophisticated broadcast with numerous observation points  including expert as-it-happens game call,   sideline eye,   and keeping track of what's going on in other games on the same day.    This requires teamwork, organisation and attention to detail.     Not to mention quick thinking and diplomacy if things go wrong or there is any hiccup with the facilities at the ground on the day.   Backup plans are part of the deal for the rugby league call team.

Watch the video, prepared by Nicole Fitzsimons, as she takes a look at a day in the life of the Hawkesbury Radio commentary team.

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