10 January, 2018

Happy New Year! I would like to take this opportunity to wish every resident in Cessnock all the best for 2018. Cessnock City Council is certainly once again looking forward to another positive year for our community, where we experience growth, progress and prosperity. Support from the State and Federal Government is important, in particular for funding and ensuring we have a safe and secure community. I personally look forward to working hard and achieving for our local government area.

The first few months of the year will keep us all busy. We have Australia Day celebrations only a few weeks away. The Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards will be held in the morning and we will finish free BBQ lunch at East End Oval while enjoying the Mayor’s Cup Twenty20 Cricket Match. Planning is also well underway for the 2018 Seniors Festival and Youth Week. Both programs are shaping up to be fantastic with more information on these events to come soon.

With the start of any new year many of you have set goals around your training and education. If that is you, think about applying for the Mayoral Scholarships 2018. There are a number of scholarships on offer for one year, valued at $2,500. The applications close on Friday 9 March. For more information visit http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/council/mayor/scholarships.

The Sunday Fundays have certainly been a hit as we have been looking to cool off during this hot weather. The promotion allows for free entry into Cessnock, Branxton Pool and Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre on Sundays, up until the last Sunday in February. There is more good news for pool users, especially those who enjoy local history. The Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries are currently running a free exhibition, Splash! Our Pools Stories exploring the histories of our local pools.

The exhibition features wonderful pool-related items including programs for the first swimming carnivals ever held at Cessnock pool, the story of Alice Farmer, an amazing teacher at Kurri Kurri Public School who championed the building of Kurri Kurri pool, the true story of our own Bathing Beauty Queen and Australian Olympic swimmer, Janice Fogg. 

The libraries school holidays program is running and offers children of all ages and interests fun activities while staying cool at the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries. This includes virtual reality, art, storytelling, games, a puppet making workshop, and a robotics meet up. A highlight is expected to be Frank’s Fantastic Fairytale Theatre, a puppet show bringing to life some of our well-loved fairy tales. Make sure you book now as tickets are limited.

You will notice work will commence on the Information Bay, Talga Road at Lovedale. This project is estimated to run over the next couple of months. Meanwhile crews resumed works on Stage 3 of Frame Drive.