Below is a small chronology of newspaper articles featuring CAWB, CAWB organised events and the Windsor Bridge Replacement Project from local and national papers.
Windsor Bridge Fight
29 Oct 2014 | The Hawkesbury Gazette | The new Windsor Bridge mat be delayed for months after the judge reserved his decision at last week’s hearing of a court case against the state government.
Three Cheers for Windsor Bridge
26 Aug 2014 | The Hawkesbury Gazette | OVER 1000 people flocked to Windsor last Sunday, August 24, to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Windsor Bridge.
Community marks Windsor Bridge’s 140th birthday in fitting style
26 Aug 2014 | Rouse Hill Times | THE venerable Windsor Bridge, which is facing demolition, was given a fitting 140th anniversary party on Sunday.
24 Aug 2014 | Woogs World | Have you ever been to a re-enactment? I have now. Three times. I went to Old Sydney Town and watched a very convincing actor/convict get whipped by a Colonel for stealing something from the gift shop.
Ripping up history is a bridge too far for locals
24 Aug 2014 | The Daily Telegraph | When the bridge over the Hawkesbury River at Windsor opened on August 20, 1874 The Evening News reported the whole town had dressed for the occasion.
Blast from the past as Windsor Bridge marks 140th anniversary
22 Aug 2014 | Rouse Hill Times | The Community Action for Windsor Bridge will be channelling the past on Sunday to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the opening of Windsor Bridge.
Windsor bridge's 140th birthday celebrations
21 Aug 2014 | The Hawkesbury Gazette | CANOES had been the original means of crossing the Hawkesbury River at this point, by both the indigenous peoples and early settlers, and then rowing boats and punts.
Landmark protest by volunteers
30 Jul 2014 | Rouse Hill Times | THE Community Action for Windsor Bridge marked a year of occupying Thompson Square on July 20.
CAWB celebrates one year occupation of Thompson Square Windsor
23 Jul 2014 | The Hawkesbury Gazette | On Sunday, July 20, members of Community Action for Windsor Bridge (CAWB) celebrated one year's continuous occupation of Thompson Square Windsor.
CAWB celebrates one year occupation of Thompson Square Windsor
22 Jul 2014 | The Hawkesbury Gazette | Gallery
Bridge Delay Angers Williams
4 Jun 2014 | Rouse Hill Times | Hawkesbury state Liberal MP Ray Williams says a court appeal against the approved Windsor Bridge would hold the project up by up to a year.
Community Action for Windsor Bridge honoured with government heritage award for campaign
23 April 2014 | Rouse Hill Times | A COMMUNITY group taking legal action against the State Government over plans for a new Windsor Bridge has won an award for its campaign from the government.
The Community Action for Windsor Bridge group taking government to court of over for new bridge
21 Mar 2014 | Rouse Hill Times | The group of residents and supporters on Thursday filed the case in the Land and Environment Court, in a bid to declare the Planning Minister Brad Hazzard’s approval invalid.
Windsor Bridge approved despite fears over impact on heritage of Thompson Square
7 Jan 2014 | Daily Telegraph | The State Government has approved the controversial $65 million Windsor Bridge, overriding residents' fears it would destroy the heritage of Thompson Square.
Windsor Bridge destruction approved
20 Dec 2013 | The Australian | THE NSW government has been accused of "sneaking" through a controversial announcement about the demolition of a historic bridge.
Planning Minister Brad Hazzard approved the demolition and replacement of the 139-year-old Windsor Bridge on Friday, saying it was "in the public interest and will result in immediate and long term benefits for the region".
Windsor Bridge replacement gets green light despite 'questionable' legality
4 Dec 2013| Sydney Morning Herald | A controversial plan to replace historic Windsor Bridge has been recommended for government approval despite internal documents revealing the proposal is problematic and open to legal challenge .Internal emails between government MPs and ministers also reveal the department was under political pressure to recommend replacement of the bridge.
NSW Premier's office accused of political interference in Windsor Bridge approval
4 Dec 2013| ABC News | The New South Wales Premier's office has been accused of interfering in the approval process for a controversial plan to replace the Windsor Bridge, in Sydney's far north west. The plan to demolish the 1874 bridge, the oldest existing crossing of the Hawkesbury River, and construct a new one nearby has created an outcry.
PM tells state government to ‘get on board’ with heritage listing Thompson Square
6 Sept 13 | Hawkesbury Gazette | AS THE intensity of the federal election campaign was reaching its peak on the second last day, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visited Thompson Square to chat with Hawkesbury residents about its historical importance and steps to take to preserve it.
Minister for Heritage supports Thompson Square
6 Sept 13 | Hawkesbury Gazette | JUMPING onboard the plight to save Windsor Bridge, Minister for Heritage Mark Butler has thrown his support behind the Hawkesbury community’s fight to get Thompson Square heritage listed.
Prime Minister against Liberal state government's plan for Windsor Bridge
5 Sept 13 | Rouse Hill Times | KEVIN Rudd has joked his family's heritage is "100 per cent criminal" during the first stop of his western Sydney blitz this afternoon. Speaking to about 150 locals in Thompson Square in Windsor - the only marginal Liberal seat of Macquarie - Mr Rudd quickly found support in 88-year-old Rita Taylor, whose father was Ben Chifley's campaign manager and friend.
Bridge building divides Windsor
22 May 2013| Sydney Morning Herald |Windsor Bridge, which spans the Hawkesbury River, literally divides the seat of Macquarie, and may decide the fortunes of Labor's Susan Templeman, who is seeking to unseat the Liberals' Louise Markus who holds the electorate with a 1.3 per cent margin, the tightest Liberal margin in NSW.
Protesters camp for a cause at Square
26 Jul 13 | Hawkesbury Gazette | THE menacing roar and rumble of trucks only metres away made it hard for the Gazette to talk to community protesters in their tent on Windsor’s Thompson Square yesterday.
Prime Minister pledges $500,000 for Windsor Bridge study
22 Jul 13 | Rouse Hill Times |PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will put up $500,000 to fund an independent study to find alternatives to the NSW Government's plan to build a new bridge at Windsor.
Inquiry into Windsor Bridge will not go ahead
5 June 13 | Rouse Hill Times |The historic Windsor Bridge is set to be destroyed, after calls for an Upper House inquiry were rejected by just one vote.
Opposition queries benefits of Windsor Bridge plan
22 May 2013| Sydney Morning Herald | Plans to demolish the historic Windsor Bridge would open up access for local sand and gravel industry, the NSW Opposition said.
Push for inquiry over 'brutish' Windsor Bridge plan
20 May 2013| Sydney Morning Herald | Plans to demolish historic Windsor Bridge have prompted calls for a parliamentary inquiry to look into why heritage and community concerns have been ignored.
Much trouble over Windsor's bridged waters
3 Apr 13 | Rouse Hill Times | RESIDENTS and businesses against the proposed new bridge at Windsor are refusing to back down in the face of the NSW Government's dismissal of their more than 12,000 signature petition.
Windsor Bridge EIS response 'strong'
10 Jan 13 | Hawkesbury Gazette | THE Hawkesbury community and North Western Sydney have been thanked for their strong response to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) display for Windsor Bridge.
Red faces at start of RMS dig
10 Jan 13 | Hawkesbury Gazette | IT WAS red faces all round when investigation work and assessment in preparation for the construction of the new Windsor Bridge began — in the wrong place.
Windsor Bridge plan a political folly, say engineers
3 Jan 2013| Sydney Morning Herald | WHEN it comes to bridges, there is not much Brian Pearson and Ray Wedgwood do not know.They spent two decades as the state's chief bridge engineers, in which Mr Wedgwood led the design and construction of, among others, the Anzac Bridge.
Get connected: protection is a bridge over troubled waters
3 Jan 2013| Sydney Morning Herald | Sydney: five bells, one harbour, seven bridges. A bridge is the ultimate romantic symbol, crystallising in steel and concrete the yearning to connect disparate worlds - and Sydney, city of baroque waterways, is as fully (if not as glamorously) bridged as London, Stockholm or Prague.
Back in time for bridge anger
22 Nov 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | TO THE skirl of the bagpipes they marched and rode and trundled down Sydney’s premier street. Redcoats, colonial ladies, wild colonial ‘‘boys’’, a coachman and of course, Governor Macquarie and his wife, Elizabeth. It wasn’t 1812. It was November 14, 2012.
Business Group left cold by new bridge plans
25 Oct 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | A virtual look at what Thompson Square would look like post construction of Windsor Bridge Option 1 didn’t win many fans at the Windsor Business Group meeting on Monday.
Shops fear Windsor Bridge effects
17 Oct 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | NSW Heritage Minister Robyn Parker was slammed in parliament last Thursday by shadow heritage minister Linda Burney for not working to preserve Thompson Square and Windsor Bridge.
Sydney's broken food bowl
17 Aug 12 | Herald Sun | ONE of Sydney's most productive food bowls - the Hawkesbury - is being destroyed because fruit and vegetable farms are being ripped out and replaced with turf farms and horse paddocks. Infrastructure projects and poor planning are also threatening traditional market gardens, putting further strain on small-scale producers.
Bridge action group opens Windsor ‘war office’
02 Aug 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | LAST Sunday large numbers gathered in Windsor for Community Action for Windsor Bridge’s ‘war office’ grand opening. CAWB is a community action group which was formed in response to the government’s decision to demolish and replace the existing...
Eureka! The fight to save Windsor Bridge heats up
31 Jul 12 | Rouse Hill Times | THE Eurkea flag has been enlisted in the fight to save Windsor Bridge, receiving a horseback guard of honour. The flag now flies outside the Community Action for Windsor Bridge office in Windsor, which was also opened on the day.
Frustration at RMS bridge meeting
26 Jul 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | “AT THE end of the day, I will be building what the government wants me to build,” Roads and Maritime Services’ Mike Veysey said at a Windsor Business Group breakfast meeting about the new Windsor Bridge on Monday.
Bridge rivals in war of words LETTER TO MP SLAMS PROJECT
18 Jul 12 | Rouse Hill Times | THE Community Action for Windsor Bridge (CAWB) group has stepped up its campaign against the state government's proposals to replace the historic bridge and change the face of Thompson Square. CAWB chairman Dail Miller last week slammed development plans in an open letter to Riverstone state Liberal MP Kevin Conolly.
Windsor bypass is the go Mr Conolly
18 Jul 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | Windsor bypass is the go Mr Conolly, Mr Bassett and Mr Williams: Why does Windsor's proposed replacement bridge and road need to go through the oldest civic square in Australia?...
Fight over historic Windsor Bridge and Thompson Square continues
16 Jul 12 | Rouse Hill Times | THE Community Action for Windsor Bridge (CAWB) group has upped its campaign against the state government's proposals to replace the historic bridge and change the face of Thompson Square. CAWB chairman Dail Miller last week slammed development plans in an open letter to Riverstone state Liberal MP Kevin Conolly
Paid Windsor bridge comments questioned
20 Jun 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | THE Community Action for Windsor Bridge Group (CAWB) is angered by news that Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) engaged a market research company to organise a community forum to discuss Windsor Bridge options in which participants were paid for their opinions.
Windsor Bridge battle begins
06 Jun 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | “This is a battle, the battle of Thompson Square, and if we don’t stand up and say something the State government and the RMS will pull down our heritage bridge and they will put a road through and we will lose this square.” So said Community Action for Windsor Bridge (CAWB) chairman Dail Miller at an emotional rally at noon on Sunday held in Australia’s oldest Colonial-era Georgian square, aimed at stopping a replacement Windsor Bridge coming up the side of Thompson Square.
Residents rally against Windsor Bridge changes
5 Jun 12 | Rouse Hill Times | COMMUNITY anger was in the air on Sunday against the State Government’s proposal to demolish the Windsor Bridge and destroy the heritage around Thompson Square.The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has deemed the 140-year-old Windsor Bridge unsafe and plans to build a new one at a higher level, 35 metres downstream of the existing bridge with two lanes which could be upgraded to three lanes in the future, if needed.
Protest rally to save Thompson Square
04 Jun 12 | Sun Herald | IT'S the oldest town square in Australia, and last time it was under threat it was Governor Lachlan Macquarie who came to the rescue. Take a leap to the present day and about a hundred people rallied in rainy Windsor yesterday in a bid to protect 200-year-old Thompson Square.
Labor calls for bridge consultation
3 May 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | THE NSW Opposition has called for more community consultation over the Windsor Bridge options.Hawkesbury Duty MLC, Peter Primrose, visited Thompson Square to hear first hand the concerns of local residents about the impact of Option 1 on the historic square.
Debate rages over Windsor's Thompson Square
4 Apr 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | THE salvation of Australia’s oldest square, Thompson Square at Windsor, isn’t to be, with councillors at last week’s Hawkesbury Council meeting opposing 9-3 its overall preservation when a new Windsor Bridge is built.
Square route doesn't add up for Windsor
31 Mar 12 | Sydney Morning Herald | SYDNEY'S most prominent heritage architect, Clive Lucas, is adding his voice to the mounting campaign to ''save'' Windsor's historic Thompson Square - arguably the best-preserved Georgian-era civic centre in Australia.
Thompson squareoff as council moves on signs
29 Mar 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | HAWKESBURY Council is demanding signs opposing plans to build the new Windsor Bridge through Thompson Square come down, saying they were “unauthorised advertisements”. The Community Action for Windsor Bridge group were responsible for the erection ...
Petition Opportunity Knocks
25 Jan 12 | Hawkesbury Gazette | A move by group Community Action for Windsor Bridge (CAWB) to use the International Sand Sculpting Competition as a way to boost signatures for a petition against the new Windsor Bridge proposal has frustrated some local residents.