14 December 2016

It was great to see the community enjoying Carols in the Park which has come a long way since our first event in 2004. The talent was outstanding, the fireworks display was fantastic and Santa touching down in a helicopter is certainly a sight many local children won’t forget for a long time.  

Carols in the Park represents what community events are all about, bringing everyone together and giving families the opportunity to spend quality time together.  

I had the pleasure of being involved in a number of community events in early December celebrating International Day of People with a Disability. I congratulate Cessnock PCYC for hosting Come and Try Day, giving those with and without a disability the chance try sports and recreational activities. It was an absolute success with a huge offering including wheelchair basketball, Yu Gi Oh, Bocce and therapeutic horses. What a wonderful and very important event for our entire community.    

I also attended the Cessnock Includes You exhibition at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery featuring the art works of those living with a disability. Meeting and talking with the artists was very inspiring as they shared insights into their pieces. Well done to everyone involved.  

The Cessnock City Council Christmas Appeal 2016 is well underway aimed at giving support to those doing it tough this festive season. This year’s beneficiary is Jodie's Place, a local refuge for those who are suffering from domestic violence.   Donation drop off points include; under the Christmas tree in our administration building, over the counter at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri library and at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre Christmas. Donations can be anything from non-perishable food, toiletries, first aid and toys. Remember all donations must be new and unwrapped for health and safety reasons. We look forward to your support before the appeal ends Tuesday 20 December, 2016.  

As this will be my last message of the year I’d like to thank everyone for their support and also contribution to our community over the year. The festive season is a very special time where we can take stock of our achievements and enjoy time with family. This Christmas I encourage everyone to reach out to someone who may be less fortunate, or more vulnerable in our community. I also urge everyone to stay safe, especially those traveling over the holiday season. On behalf of Cessnock City Council, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.