24 July 2015

24 July 2015


I attended the 50th birthday celebrations of Cessnock VIEW Club earlier this month. It’s incredible to think VIEW clubs have been in existence for 55 years in Australia and Cessnock has one of the longest running branches. Mention must also go to Cessnock’s three inaugural members who are still involved to this day—Joyce Stephenson, Iris Mellon OAM and Beth Triggs. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and the Cessnock branch places a huge emphasis on educating children, as well as supporting the charitable work of The Smith Family. The Cessnock organisation supports three students as well as winter and toy appeals. My wife and Mayoress Kathy Pynsent will now attend the Branxton VIEW Club’s 27th birthday celebrations on Thursday 13 August. The hard working members of both branches are invaluable to our community.

What a range of artistic talent Mount View High School has. I attended the school’s recent variety concert Showcase and was impressed by the hard work of students and teachers. There was a range of entertainment including dancing, live music, drama and singing. The concert also conveyed positive messages for students such as ‘stand up and move ahead’ and ‘young and beautiful’.

Also on the subject of talented school students, the annual 2015 Mayoral Debate is fast approaching. Sixteen students from four high schools across the Cessnock local government area will take part. Students will be tackling topics including ‘a person’s legal right to control their online identity’. The final debate will be held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday 5 August 2015 during Local Government Week. Keep an eye on Council’s Facebook page for results.

Students with positive ideas and plenty of enthusiasm also help make up the Cessnock Youth Council. The Council, which was established in 2013, meets on a regular basis to discuss topics of interest and social concern.  Current and former members of this group are aged between 12 and 24 years. The Council is always seeking new members and it is a great way to learn about the workings of local government. For more information contact CYCOS on 4991 5372.

I was delighted to see the recent reopening of Alexander Street Bridge, Cessnock following storm damage earlier this year. This reopening should ease traffic congestion in the area. Council is now looking to repair nearby Shedden Street which has suffered from increased traffic. We thank residents and motorists for their patience.

Finally, don’t forget to head down to the second-hand book sale at Cessnock City Library next week (Monday 3 August to Saturday 8 August). As a former teacher, I believe books are an important learning tool and are a great way to relax. More than 5000 books will go on sale as well as magazines, music, DVDs and jigsaws. You can grab a book for less than one dollar!