19, April 2017

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe break over the Easter period. As ANZAC day approaches it is a reminder for us to pay respect to all of those who have sacrificed their lives for this wonderful nation but also for us to reflect on how lucky we are to call Australia home. ANZAC Day certainly is one of Australia’s most important national occasions and l look forward to seeing many of you at commemoration services next week.

In the lead up to ANZAC day the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Library are hosting the ANZAC Brought to Life exhibition. This is a unique opportunity to view authentic equipment and hear stories of war. To find out more visit http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/council/news/ANZACbroughttolife.  

Wow, what an absolutely fantastic Youth Week 2017 was, with the program once again offering a huge range of events for our young people to enjoy.  I was lucky enough to attend many of the more than 30 events coordinated for young people aged between 12-25.  

It was a pleasure to be on the judging panel for the My School Rules cooking competition, which saw Cessnock High School and Mount View High School students cook up a storm. Not only was I impressed by their culinary skills but also their ability to work together as a team. Well done to all the students involved.  

Our Youth Week program is made possible through the collaboration of many community organisations. Thank you to each of these groups and for demonstrating your ongoing commitment to Youth Week.   Congratulations to the Cessnock Pistol Club for hosting the Australian Championships over Easter which is a qualifying event for next year’s Commonwealth games. Shooters from all over Australia competed, including some of our local talent. The event certainly was made that much more special with Cessnock’s Dan Repacholi participating.

Noel Sugui has been awarded a Paul Harris Award, at the last Cessnock Wine Country Rotary meeting. Mr Sugui received the highest honour in Rotary membership for his contribution to our community. On behalf of the community I thank Noel and all the members for helping our local government area, especially as they turn their focus to fundraising for the Children's Medical Research Foundation.

Community organisations involved in arts and cultural activities are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Community Cultural Development Dollar for Dollar Grants Program which are officially open. Applications are due on 8 May 2017, forms and grant guidelines are available from Council’s Customer Service Counter, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries and our website at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/dollarfordollar.