6 February 2015

At least one boomerang has headed back to the Cessnock Men’s Shed. Members of the men’s shed carved out the commemorative boomerangs that were presented to the Japanese Team during their Asian Cup stay. Only 50 limited edition boomerangs were made and they were hand painted by internationally-renowned local Aboriginal artist, Uncle Les Elvin. I presented the men’s shed with one of these boomerangs on Monday in appreciation for their hard work.

I had the privilege of attending the 2015 season launch at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Friday evening. What an exciting season the centre has in store for theatregoers.  Newcastle-raised playwright Jonathan Biggins will bring his satirical show Australia Day to Cessnock in June. The laughs will continue later that month with the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow touring the best comedians in the country. Children have not been forgotten with Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo inviting little ones to pat puppets that resemble life size dinosaurs.  

The first ordinary meeting of council took place on Wednesday 4 February 2015. The meeting began with a special tribute to former Cessnock Mayor Eric Fitzgibbon. Mr Fitzgibbon served for 15 years as a Cessnock councillor and was the Hunter Federal member for more than a decade. Our thoughts are with his family following his recent passing.   It was also great to see all our hard working councillors in attendance as we begin another year. Councillors expressed concern for residents in South Cessnock who suffered flooding during the recent rain. Councillors have endeavoured to update residents in South Cessnock, Abermain and Weston on flood management plans for these areas.  

It was with great pleasure that I was able to acknowledge one of Cessnock’s longest-serving GPs, Dr. John Holly, at the recent Australia Day awards. Mr Holly has been named our Citizen of the Year for 2015. A medical practitioner for more than 30 years, Dr. Holly works tirelessly at Cessnock Hospital as well as the Cumberland Street Surgery.  

It is the final days for new home owners to pick up their free plants. Council is offering eight free plants for your garden if you have purchased or built a new home during the past 12 months. The plant initiative has been running successfully for over 15 years. Application forms must be received no later than 5.00pm Friday 13 February, 2015 and are available from www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au or council’s Administration Centre.    

Bob

‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm’ Ralph Waldo Emerson