23 January 2019
Cessnock City Council has teamed up with local charities to tackle illegal dumping on charity operators. Last week marked the launch of a six month campaign that will be visible across our community. Our local charities face dumping on a daily basis and we hope this education campaign will result in behaviour change. The Cessnock community are good at ‘giving’ to charities but we are not necessarily ‘giving good’. The quantity is there but not the quality. A lot of the material, clothing and nick-nacks that are given to local charities are not of saleable quality. About only 10% of what is given ends up for sale in the shop. The reality of this is many items have to be disposed of in landfill. The cost falls on local charities. Illegal dumping and inappropriate donations have a huge impact on them carrying out their community work. An example of this is the local Salvation Army in Cessnock who regularly feeds 60 or more families who would otherwise go hungry. The money to fund this comes from the sales at their Op Shop. This charity is now at risk due to the donations it is receiving and it puts their hardworking volunteers under a huge amount of stress.
If residents have items to donate they are encouraged to go in and ask the charity whether the items are wanted rather than drop them outside of op shops. If you see anyone dumping on a charity, report it. It’s easy to do by simply calling 131 555 or jump online and report it at ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au. For more information, visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/IllegalDumping.
The countdown is on for our upcoming Australia Day celebrations that now involve three days of free family friendly activities. It begins with a screening at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre of an Aussie classic ‘The Castle’ from 6:30pm. On Australia Day the official celebrations will take place including the Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards. The Cessnock Local Government Area’s Australia Day Ambassador is the Special Olympics Dance Performance Group. This group have performed all over Australia and have raised over $1.95 million for Special Olympics Australia! Come along and see this talented group take to the stage at the East Cessnock Bowling Club. The afternoon will be spent enjoying the Mayor’s Cup Twenty20 Cricket Match at East End Oval, Cessnock. On Sunday 27 January at the Cessnock Pool a BBQ Breakfast will be on from 9am until 11am with free entry to the pool.
Between Wednesday 13 February and Tuesday 26 February the annual Seniors Festival will be held. The Festival has dozens of free activities and events for our seniors community to get involved in. A big thank you to the Seniors Festival Advisory Committee who have again done an exceptional job at putting this together. Programs are now available at the Cessnock Administrations building, Cessnock Library and Kurri Kurri Library. They are also available for download and printing at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au /seniorsfestival.
Thank you to all of our 2019 Seniors Festival sponsors. Without your generosity and support this year’s event would not be possible. Gold Sponsors: Calvary Cessnock Retirement Community, Northern Coalfields Community Care Association Ltd (NCCCA), East Cessnock Bowling Club, Priceline Pharmacy Cessnock. Silver Sponsors: Cessnock Leagues Club, Cessnock Lions Club, Cessnock Plaza Pharmacy, Kurri Dental Surgery.