21 September 2016

Firstly I would like to thank the community for once again putting their trust in me and re-electing me as Mayor of Cessnock City Council.

Firstly I would like to thank the community for once again putting their trust in me and re-electing me as Mayor of Cessnock City Council. It has been an honour and a privilege to represent our community over the last four years and to have such strong support going forward is overwhelming. I look forward to working hard during my second term for the community and am excited about what we can achieve.

On Friday September 9 we welcomed in the new season with Spring Awakening. This unique event did not disappoint with around 500 people taking part in the lantern parade, which left from the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre’s forecourt, continued up Vincent Street and finished up at TAFE parklands. It was brilliant to be leading the parade along with the Cessnock Pipe and Drum band. The inclusion of the band this year was a great idea as they really added to the atmosphere and excitement of the parade. 

It was an incredible sight as we walked into TAFE parklands which had been transformed. The lanterns, the hot air balloon and the roaring fires along with good food, music and entertainment made for a great night out for family. It was good to see everyone enjoying themselves as a community. 

Congratulations to everyone involved in making this special event a success. Spring Awakening is a highlight on the Council’s events calendar and it takes a huge amount of preparation to make possible.

Over the weekend we welcomed visitors to Cessnock for the inaugural Moon Festival. The festival had a huge range of events including a performance of Cantonese opera which was a fantastic experience. The Moon Festival was a great opportunity to show off the Hunter Valley to new visitors and we look forward to seeing them back here again.

In just three days we’ll be packing out Cessnock Sportsground to watch the Newcastle Jets take on the Western Sydney Wanderers in a Hyundai A-league pre-season hit out. Council are excited to bring this event to Cessnock and look forward to seeing you all there to witness the action. It is expected to be a tough match as it is the last before the A-league season gets underway.