4 March 2016
On 17 February 2016, Cessnock City’s community lost an outstanding citizen. 2004 Senior Citizen of the Year June Margaret Jean Lockyer passed away and I extend my condolences to her family and friends. June’s active involvement in the community was well known as a member of the Cessnock Combined Pensioners Association and the Cessnock Seniors Choir for more than two decades. Her contributions were very important in building a thriving seniors community here in the Cessnock local government area and she will be sorely missed.
I attended the farewell ceremony of Kurri Kurri High School’s Principal David Hunter and Deputy Principal Donna Andrews last week. The school’s community acknowledged their great contributions to the education of young people over many years of service. I wish both David and Donna all the very best in the next chapter of their lives.
Nostalgia Festival is just around the corner for its 13th year. It is certainly an important weekend for the community bringing over 30,000 visitors to our local government area. The 2016 festival will run from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March and feature music, markets, dancing, cars and fashion inspired by the 1950s and 60s. Make sure you grab your retro outfits and enjoy the music and entertainment provided by the hard working events committee who do a fantastic job year after year. To see this year’s event calendar visit www.kurrikurrinostalgiafestival.com.au
This year will also see the exciting new STOMP festival’s debut on Sunday 17 April 2016. Celebrating our growing wine industry, this festival is expected to become a signature event in our area’s growing events calendar. Festival goers can expect pop-up food, wine, beer and market stalls alongside live entertainment set in the heart of Cessnock’s CBD. For more details visit www.cessnockstompfestival.com.au
I like to remind residents to drop off their old mattresses and ensembles this 2 April and 16 April 2016. After last year’s huge success Council has extended the service to two locations in Kurri Kurri and Cessnock. We hope more residents can use this service to support recycling, as we see too many old mattresses illegally dumped or incorrectly sent to landfill. For more information visit Council's website
Harmony Day is fast approaching and Samaritans Cessnock have arranged a fantastic day of free and fun activities for the whole family. Join Cessnock’s Harmony Day celebrations from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 12 March 2016 outside of the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. There will be live entertainment, displays, kids’ activities, food, fashion and a free screening of short films as part of Colourfest.