24 July 2019

Last week marked Cessnock City Council’s General Manager, Stephen Glen’s last Council meeting. It was an opportunity to formally recognise and acknowledge the hard work of Mr Glen in the role for the last six years.  

Stephen secured the role in 2013 and led the Council out of a tumultuous time, his greatest achievement included seeing Council being deemed Fit for the Future. This period of financial sustainability also saw a more positive staff culture. Staff service awards were commenced and staff achievements were recognised regularly. Improvements were introduced across Council to increase efficiency and services delivered to the community.  A can do attitude was adopted that has resulted in record grant funding being secured by Council.  On behalf of the residents of the Cessnock Local Government Area I thanked Stephen for his dedication and wished him all the best in his retirement.  

Cessnock City Council is getting involved in Local Government Week. This is running from 20 July to 4 August and aims to increase the community understanding of Council’s roles and responsibilities. This year’s theme is “Your Council” and Council is excited to share a program of events for the community to enjoy and celebrate everything local government.

The much loved and anticipated School Leaders’ Breakfast is on again this year. This year’s special guest speaker, Damian Thomlinson will present to students. He’ll be talking about his powerful story of strength, survival and life after the military. Our libraries are also getting involved holding many events, to find out what’s on visit libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au.   Some exciting additions to our celebrations include a free e-SAFETY presentation on Thursday 1 August at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre from 9:30am to 11am and a panel with Council’s Finance Team about all things rates and finance. For residents wanting to find out more about the Cessnock Waste Management Centre, a behind the scenes tour will be offered at 10am Monday 29 July and 2:30pm Tuesday 30 July. To book your spot visit https://www.trybooking.com/BDZXN. If you would like to see the program of events visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/lgw2019.