14 June 2017

It is with great pride that I announce we will be hosting a visit from His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Hurley. I certainly am looking forward to the Vice Regal visit from 23 - 24 June and showcasing the Cessnock Local Government Area and all we have to offer.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Abermain Fire Station. It was an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of Fire and Rescue NSW to our community, especially during the most recent fire season. Cessnock residents are very appreciative of the work emergency personnel do in protecting and educating our community. Our community was certainly very supportive of the decision by the NSW Government to keep the Weston Fire Station open.  

The Cessnock Cutest Pet Competition has wrapped up, seeing Miss Penny, the dachshund take out the title. It was great to see over 200 entries into the competition aimed at promoting responsible pet ownership. To find out how to microchip or register your pet visit http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/animals.  

NAIDOC Week 2017 is just around the corner, with the official week running from the 2 to the 9 July 2017. Our celebrations commence early with the first event on the 22 June, 2017. I encourage residents to view the program at http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies and get involved in the very important week celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island history, culture and achievements.  

Cessnock City Council is excited to announce this weekend the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre will be hosting what has been called the author event of the year with Sam & Cameron Bloom.  The book titled “Penguin Bloom: the odd little bird who saved a family”, is a tale capturing the hearts of people all over the world.  Penguin is the world’s most famous magpie becoming a social media sensation after befriending the Bloom family from Sydney and helping them cope with a tragic accident.  

Not long before meeting Penguin, Sam Bloom suffered a fall that left her body paralyzed, her spirit broken and her family reeling.  Shortly after the accident one of Sam’s sons found tiny Penguin, who had herself fallen out of her nest and was in desperate need of help to survive.  The Blooms nursed Penguin back to health, and through the journey healed some of the tears left by Sam’s accident.  

The event on Saturday 17 June at 2pm, is ticketed with all proceeds going to Spinal Cure Australia. To find out more visit http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au/shows. Works completed around the local government area this week include drainage and road works on Hillview Road Greta, road rehabilitation works have finished up on Harle Street Weston and Kerlew Street, Kurri Kurri. We are now turning our focus on Greta with works commencing on Colliery Street, Greta.