21 March 2018

Over the next few months it is a very busy and exciting time in our community. We have launched the Seniors Week 2018 Program which is running from Tuesday 3 April until Tuesday 17 April. There are over 40 activities and events on offer for our seniors community to enjoy. The program showcases the large number of active groups and organisations in our community that offer opportunities to join in social, physical, arts and cultural activities, from singing and playing music to gardening or studying local and family history.  Programs can be picked up at Council’s Customer Service Centre, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries and participating venues.  The program is also available online at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/seniorsfestival.

National Youth Week 2018 is just around the corner and the program has officially been launched. Well over 1000 young people are expected to take part in the 25 events with a huge variety of activities programmed for our young people. It all kicks off on 6 April, running up until the 22 April. Congratulations to the young people who have worked so hard on putting some of these events together. It is fantastic to hear how enthusiastic our young people are about celebrating their generation as a community. To find out more visit the Cessnock City Council Facebook page or visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/youth-week.

Our community is also buzzing with excitement as Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is happening this weekend. This unique event includes market stalls, free live music, best dressed competitions and more. Well done to the organisers for putting together the Festival. Get your hands on a program today at www.kurrikurrinostalgiafestival.com.au/.

Last week the Local Government NSW Tourism Conference was held in Parkes. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to hear from industry experts and peers to find out how they are managing their tourism industries. Some of the topics included accommodation to communication, business events, local events, online information, new ideas and technology. Our local government area is no doubt an exceptional product. This conference reinforced all levels of government and industry need to work together to continue to grow and develop tourism for Hunter Valley Wine Country.

On Monday a Soil Collection Ceremony was conducted as part of the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project at Jeffries Park, Abermain. It was wonderful to have the Member for Cessnock, Clayton Barr MP, students from Abermain Public School, Secretary of the Weston RSL Sub-branch John King and local residents attend to assist in the ceremony. A sample of soil was collected near to the war memorial and will form part of civic artwork at the enhanced Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney, opening in late 2018.  

Jeffries Park holds a very important place in our community, it was established as a war memorial in Commemoration of Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries in 1947, who is the only Victoria Cross recipient from the Cessnock electorate and only one of 18 men from New South Wales to be awarded a Victoria Cross during World War One. Captain Jeffries holds a special place in our local, national and international military history. It was special to be able to remember him and all of those who have served.