22 February, 2017

The 2017 season at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre is expected to be another wonderful year of entertainment.

The 2017 season at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre is expected to be another wonderful year of entertainment. We have already had international hit show Boys in the Band take the stage and impress local audiences. It is wonderful we are able to secure such fantastic talent and I encourage the community to pick up a 2017 program or visit http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au/shows to find out what is on.

This summer we have suffered through extremely high temperatures, in fact we have experienced two of the hottest days on record. On Saturday the 11 of February the maximum temperature was 46.8 degrees recorded at the Cessnock Airport weather station. This is the highest since temperature recordings began in 1968.  On Sunday the 12 of February we also experienced sweltering conditions with the top measuring 45.6 degrees. 

These hot conditions brought with them not only catastrophic fire danger but were challenging for residents throughout the Hunter, especially elderly residents who do not have air conditioning.  The Salvation Army opened up their Chapel on Saturday giving residents a reprieve from the hot weather. This was a wonderful gesture and I thank the Salvation Army for their unwavering support for our community, always helping when they see a need.

The Mayoral Academic Scholarships have been extended to give local students more time to apply for support. A range of scholarship opportunities are available for students living in the Cessnock local government area who are enrolled in TAFE or University in 2017. The scholarships are for one year and are valued at $2,500. For more information visit http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/council/mayor/scholarships.

The official launch of the Green Organics Collection service has been held ahead of the service commencing on March 6. The new organics service will consist of a fortnightly kerbside collection, occurring on the opposite week to your recycling. The garden organics service is a welcome addition to the general waste and recycling services currently provided by Council as it will significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. I encourage residents to begin filling up their new lime green lidded bins as we prepare for the first fortnightly pick up.