20 March 2019

Federal Member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson MP and State Member for Cessnock, Clayton Barr MP Labor election commitment to fund an 80 space commuter car park and roundabout in Heddon Greta is fantastic news for our community and we are thankful for their support. This $5 million pledge is appreciated by Council as our community are concerned about safety in the precinct due to an increase of traffic. Council has the project ‘shovel ready’ and looks forward to progressing this important piece of infrastructure. 

 Kurri Kurri High School set a great example to the business community at the recent business breakfast. The value of young people getting engaged in the workplace early certainly helps them gain fulltime employment. Council has been active in offering school based traineeships to local young people and we currently have three trainees working at Council. We are also proud to have seven apprentices/ trainees working across varying departments of our Council.

These young people are gaining invaluable experience and they are fantastic members of our team. Youth Week 2019 is on next month and the program is jam-packed with excellent activities for young people of all ages. The fun kicks off on the Thursday 4 April and runs up until Friday 26 April. There’s lots on offer from learning how to make your own podcast, trying your hand at hip hop or having some family fun at the PCYC Colour Run. A highlight will be Youthfest which is on at Kurri Kurri Skate Park on Saturday 13 April. There will be live music, face painting, street art workshops and a chill out space. All the while you can watch some of our talented local young people show off their skate, scoot and ride skills. To find out more visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/youthweek.

Last week Cessnock City Council’s, General Manager Stephen Glen announced his resignation and retirement. Mr Glen has been in the position for more than five years and in July will celebrate an impressive 30 years of service in local government. Through Mr Glen’s leadership and experience Council is in a strong position. Congratulations to Mr Glen on his retirement and we wish you all the best in the future. A report will go to the Council tonight and with Council’s consent Mr Glen will finish up in July 2019.