20 September

A big thank you must be extended to all emergency personnel involved in the effort to get bush fires under control that burnt around the region last week. Our community has suffered a huge loss with severe fire damage to the Richmond Vale Railway Museum. It was very sad news, especially for the dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly for many years to preserve our railway and mining heritage.   These fires are a reminder to be bush fire ready as we approach the warmer months. For more information visit www.myfireplan.com.au.  

Spring Awakening 2017 was a marvelous way to mark the start of the new season, seeing hundreds of residents turn out to join the dazzling lantern parade. Council are very proud to develop and present events for our community that resonate with both young and old. For those who did not get a chance to attend this year, there is always next year!   Congratulations to everyone involved in the Town of Murals Art Show, as we continue on the tradition of the Weston Art Show. The talent on offer was fantastic and well done to the major award winner Joanne Conder who took out the Cessnock City Council Prize, for her work Forest Light.   

As Cessnock locals we are very proud of our mining history, but also our present day involvement in the industry and as a community we stand united on the importance of mining safety. The Northern & NSW Energy District’s annual memorial day service was a time of reflection on the 1803 men, women and boys who have lost their lives in the district mines.

This is a stark reminder of how far the industry has come in relation to safety but also a reminder that safety improvements must continue to be a priority.  

The ‘More Police on the Beat’ campaign has now kicked off and it has attracted a strong response from our community. The campaign calls on the NSW Government to give our local police force the resources and support they need to keep our community safe. To find out more or sign the petition visit www.change.org/p/nsw-government-cessnock-more-police-on-the-beat.   Bridges Hill Playground design is now on public exhibition. We are urging community members to provide their feedback. The design can be viewed on Council’s website www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/exhibition/BridgesHillPark , Council’s Administration Building or at Cessnock City Libraries.

You can also complete a short online survey on Council’s website or make a written submission by 4pm on Friday 13 October 2017.   Last Friday we welcomed four new Australian citizens at a Citizenship Ceremony held in the Council Chambers. It was a pleasure to welcome these residents, especially as Sunday marked Australian Citizenship Day. Australian citizenship day occurs each year on 17 September. It is a special day to reflect on being an Australian citizen, it is more than a legal status rather a common bond that represents our shared democratic beliefs and gives us a sense of belonging and pride in our achievements as a nation​.​  

 Finally a huge congratulations to Nulkaba Public School for their production Around the World in 80 Days.