17 April 2015

I would like to wish the student group headed over to Gallipoli for Anzac Day the very best for their travels. It was great to see such enthusiasm among the group and I would especially like to mention the four students representing our LGA—Hannah Onion, Lauren Wood, Adam Robinson and Heidii Hyland. I hope you truly cherish this unique experience to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. This milestone occasion will be something I hope each of you carry on as a legacy upon your return. In the lead up to Anzac Day, my fellow Councillors and I will be unveiling commemorative plaques in recognition of 100 years since the First World War.

You may have noticed many of our local roads have recently undergone renewal. A total of 48 local roads have received (or are due to receive) upgrades under the 2014-15 program of works. I have been out speaking with some residents in these areas and am delighted to hear their positive responses. I hope the kids and parents at Cessnock Public School enjoyed going back after the holidays to a nice surprise this week with Brandis Street, Aberdare being completed over the Easter holiday break!

I would like to thank new Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast region, Scot MacDonald, for dropping by to Council Chambers to visit myself and fellow Councillors Doherty and Gibson last week. We discussed some key issues affecting our LGA—specifically the flow on effect from the Hunter Expressway, the State Government’s Fit for the Future reform package, Cessnock Airport, Broke Road upgrades and tourism.

Youth Week has come to an end yet again—it was fabulous to see so many people support the 14 fantastic events. It’s marvellous to see such a diverse program on offer for young people in our community and the enormous amount of effort that went into ensuring the week was a success. The Youth Week Committee have been planning for the 2015 program since November last year. Every year, several local youth agencies and service providers contribute to the planning, funding, organising and delivery of activities. I would personally like to commend you all on a great job.

Almost 46,000 children each year trust Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick at their time of greatest need. Through their 2015 Gold Telethon the hospital are aiming to raise $5 million to ensure all children receive the best possible care when it matters most. You can watch the Gold Telethon on Channel 9 on 8 June, or if you’d like to dig deep and donate earlier to this worthy cause please visit www.goldtelethon.org.au at any time.   


‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm’ Ralph Waldo Emerson