15 November 2017

Resilience, this word captures the strength and spirit of the Kurri Kurri community following the storm that struck early last week. It only lasted a short time however it certainly left a trail of destruction. Many of you would be aware the Kurri Kurri Community Centre, Kurri Kurri Library and Ambulance Hall suffered damage, as well as many other local businesses and homes.

The Kurri Kurri Community Centre has done an exceptional job in dealing with this crisis and I congratulate them on how they have worked together.  A big thanks needs to go to the State Emergency Services, local police, local firefighters and Cessnock City Council staff. Each of these groups acted very quickly ensuring the safety of our residents. Council will provide updates as they come to hand in relation to the Community Centre and Library.  

Postie Bikes were roaring through Cessnock on the first weekend of November with the fourth Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix a success. Despite the wet weather it was great to see locals and visitors enjoying the entertainment. Well done to the Cessnock Motorcycle Club, this event will only continue to grow and develop.  

Remembrance Day was an important day for our entire community, an opportunity to acknowledge servicemen and women. The Kearsley service was a moving occasion, as I imagine were the many other commemoration services that took place across the LGA. Thank you to all the organisers, your commitment to this service is admirable.  

Cessnock City Council is hosting the Council Service Awards this evening, an opportunity to acknowledge former Councillors with some receiving service awards from Local Government NSW for the dedication to community.  Congratulations to those recipients, your contribution and commitment to community is greatly appreciated.  

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australia Day Awards and Council is calling on the community to nominate locals who deserve to be recognised. There are a number of award categories to choose from including Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event, Sports, Environment, Heritage, along with Achievement and Appreciation Awards.  

We are lucky to have so many people in our community willing to give up their time to make our city a better place and these awards are a great opportunity to celebrate their achievements. Applications close on Monday 11 December 2017, find out more here.

We are celebrating local young people in our community building a career with the Mayoral Scholarships for 2018 now open. The Mayoral Scholarships are for any young person who is a resident of the Cessnock LGA undertaking additional study at university or TAFE.   Scholarships are for one year and are valued at $2,500. Applications close Friday 9 March 2018. For more information www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/council/mayor/scholarships.  

The Kearsley Information Bay is well underway and our work crews will have it completed by the end of the year.