Hawkesbury Shire was established on 1 January, 1981 by the Local Government Areas Amalgamation Act, 1980 (Act No. 110 , 1980) which combined the Municipality of Windsor and the Shire of Colo to become the Hawkesbury Shire. A proclamation in the NSW Government Gazette of 17 October, 1980 named the area as the Shire of Hawkesbury to consist of 12 elected members of Council known as aldermen. The Act was proclaimed on 24 October, 1980.
Hawkesbury Shire was proclaimed a City to take effect from 1 July, 1989.
The Local Government Act which took effect from 1 July 1993 deemed that elected representatives be known as councilors with a chief of staff known as the general manager.
Hawkesbury Shire Council was formed from the amalgamation of Colo Shire Council (formed in 1906) and Windsor Municipal Council from January 1981.
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