15 May 2019

A big congratulations to the nine students who were announced as recipients of a Mayoral Academic Scholarships Cessnock Performing Arts Centre last Tuesday night. The scholarships worth $2500 will assist each recipient with their studies. This could include helping students purchase tools, textbooks or pay fees. A huge thank you to the sponsors who make this scholarships possible. As a community it is wonderful to support those trying to further their education and training. This is the 18th year Council has offered the Mayoral Academic Scholarships. In this time Council has supported 219 students and provided students with a magnificent total of $547,500.  This is an annual program and Council looks forward to next year’s event.  

Residents are being encouraged to do a survey and tell Council what they think about the waste services Council provides. The results will be used in preparation of Council’s Waste Management Strategy 2020-2024. The survey is an opportunity to share feedback on all aspects of the waste service including the Cessnock Waste Management Centre, bulky waste services (vouchers or kerbside pickup), food waste, household waste and illegal dumping. Residents can also attend drop-in sessions to ask questions. The next drop -in sessions are on Tuesday 21 May. The first session kicks off at 11am to 1pm at the Branxton Community Hall and the second session runs from 4 to 6pm at the Kurri Kurri Library. All residents can access they survey online or request as hardcopy from Council. For more information visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/wastesurvey.   

Congratulations to Cessnock City Toastmasters on reaching the milestone of 25 years. The club received its Charter from Toastmasters International way back in 1994. For the past 25 years it has been part of our local community and in that time 137 people have been members of the club. Toastmasters is a non-profit and community based organisation that is focused on public speaking and leadership skills. Cessnock Toastmasters Club is an active part of our local community taking part in the recent STOMP festival, working with locals who want to improve their speaking skills and volunteering at local schools to assist in debating and public speaking competitions. Congratulations Cessnock Toastmasters.   The Draft Operational Plan for 2019-20 is now on public exhibition and Council is asking residents to provide their feedback. The plan is an opportunity for all residents to get an insight into what Council will achieve in the next financial year. The Draft Operational Plan includes details of Council’s draft budget, as well as Council’s proposed Revenue Policy and Schedule of Fees and Charges. The draft plan will be on public exhibition from 9 May 2019 to 5 June 2019 at Council’s Administration Building, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries or view it online at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/exhibition.