24 January 2018

Australia Day Celebrations are nearly upon us. The day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate everything that makes our community a wonderful place to call home. It is the perfect opportunity to welcome new Australian citizens to our community and acknowledge residents who make significant contributions. 

The Australia Day Awards are always inspiring as we learn about those special people who are community minded and dedicate their valuable time to help others. These people are pillars of our community and are very much deserving of such accolades. 

Our Australia Day Ambassador Narelle Campbell will be a highlight of the Australia Day celebrations. Narelle has led four ‘over winter’ teams in the remote Australian Antarctic Territory facing some of the world’s coldest conditions of below minus 40 degrees. No doubt her presentation will inspire us as she describes some of her unique experiences as a station leader.

The Cessnock Performing Arts Centre has released their 2018 season and there is an absolutely huge variety of entertainment of offer for everyone in our community. Tickets are now available for the 2018 Season Launch on Friday 9 February where The Diamonds will take to the stage, a celebration of the greatest divas of all time. If you do not have anything planned for this evening, grab yourself a ticket and come along and celebrate with us. Performances over the coming months include The King and Queen, Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River and the Everly Brothers and Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. To purchase tickets visit http://www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au/shows.

Congratulations to all Cessnock City Council staff members involved in raising an incredible $21,121 during the last 18 months for charities including the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation and beyondblue. The staff led initiative saw both Council’s indoor and outdoor uniforms turn pink and blue to raise awareness and funding. This is a demonstration of what can be achieved when people rally together for an important cause. Keep an eye out in 2018 for Council staff proudly sporting pink and blue to show their support for local people who have suffered or are suffering from cancer or mental health issues. 

Cessnock City Council is involved in a region wide campaign cracking down on littering, particularly those who litter from their vehicles. Every resident in the Cessnock Local Government Area can do their bit by registering with the NSW Environment Protection Authority and make an online report when they see someone throwing litter from a vehicle. These reports are made at the NSW EPA website and fines of $250 or more are issued to offenders. Roadside litter is one of our region’s most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. By registering to report littering from vehicles, you are part of the solution. For more information and to visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/reporttoepa.