12 June 2019

Our community has just celebrated National Reconciliation Week (NRW). It was wonderful to see so many young people at the screening of the film ‘Connection to Country’ at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Thank you to Cessnock High’s Junior Aboriginal Education Team President Sarah Sales, who did an insightful presentation on reconciliation. It is important we have young people in our community understanding and sharing their ideas on reconciliation.  

Council also held an afternoon tea to pay our respects to local elders. We had strong support from our schools, with students from Cessnock East Public School, Kearsley Public School, Mount View High and Paxton Public School. The ceremony was also an opportunity for us to acknowledge the work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee. This committee have been driving important changes and projects at Council. Thank you to all involved in the committee and for your contribution to community. We are all now very much looking forward to NAIDOC Week 2019. The community has put together some great events. To view the program visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/naidoc.  

Residents are being asked to provide feedback on the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre. Council is currently undertaking a service improvement project to review and make recommendations for the range and levels of services provided by the Centre. A number of surveys have been designed to get feedback from residents and businesses, as well as visitors to the Centre. To find out more visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/council/news/HVVICsurvey.   On Wednesday 29 May Council invited businesses to attend a session at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on procurement with Council. There was a great turn out with over 40 business representatives. It was an opportunity to take some of the confusion out of the procurement process. The workshop also marked the launch of a helpful guide on everything a business needs to know about procurement in local government. The guide is available here.

Over 70 pets came along our microchip days that were held across the local government area in May. Our Ranger team enjoyed the opportunity to chat with residents and assist them with information about being a responsible pet owner. Council will be holding another microchipping day in September. Keep an eye on our website for more details.  

Last Friday Council facilitated a tour of the former Greta Army and Migrant Camp site. It was a sold out event with over 100 people signing up, coming from across the country to visit the place many of them called home when they first came to Australia. Well done to our library staff who did such an excellent job organising this wonderful event to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Camp and 70th anniversary of the founding of the Greta Migrant Camp.  

Congratulations to the Branxton Lions Club on their successful changeover. The induction of five new members certainly supports the clubs outstanding community contribution.  

Good luck to Desley Pfeffer, Principal Mount View High School, as she embarks on a new training position. This a real loss to the students of Mount View. Under her leadership the school was able to attain many awards and significant positive outcomes for students in our community.