18 March

March and April are particularly exciting months for Cessnock City residents. I had the pleasure of attending the Harmony Day celebrations on the forecourt of the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. It was an important day celebrating a united community with market stalls, music and food for all to enjoy.  

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival once again stood out as a main event on our busy calendar. If you attended, you may have spotted me helping out the Rotary drinks stand. I have been proud to see this festival grow from strength to strength over the years, now attracting over 30,000 visitors to the area.  

I am proud to announce that Cessnock City Council has supported the nomination of the late Councillor Jeffrey Maybury for the honour of Freeman of the City. He dedicated a lifetime of service to his community, serving on Council for more than 34 years. This certainly is an honour fitting for his generous contributions to our community.  

I hope our local seniors are looking forward to 2016 Seniors Week celebrations which will take place from 1 to 8 April across our local area. With over 40 activates on offer, there is something for everyone in this year’s program. Thanks to NSW Seniors Festival grant funding, transport to major events is available. To see the full program visit Customer Service or Cessnock City Libraries.  

Youth Week kicks off the following week from 8 to 17 April for young people aged between 12 and 25 years in our local government area. The 2016 program has an array of activities on offer including cupcake decorating workshops, skateboard making workshops, a skateboarding competition, African Drumming and a ‘My School Rules’ master chef event. All events are free and open to the public. For more information you can visit council’s website or Facebook page.  

I would like to wish finalists of the 2016 Mayoral Scholarships the best of luck. We are currently interviewing so stay tuned as the recipients will be announced at an award ceremony on 10 May 2016. There are 13 scholarships of $2500 available for students living within the local government area. These scholarships aim to make the financial burden of studying easier. With the help of our sponsors we look forward to do the same in 2017.  

Don’t forget about Cessnock City Library’s Easter Holiday activities! I joined in on the Story Time session with Sandy Ryan last week. Our library staff never cease to amaze me with their important contribution to our community.    

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