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25 January, 2017

Our community once again has faced the horror of bush fires burning in very dangerous conditions. Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and all emergency services bravely protected life and property last week.

It was nothing less than a heroic effort by fire crews who worked tirelessly to defend our community in soaring temperatures and strong winds. I cannot thank everyone involved in the effort enough for keeping our community safe. Investigations are underway into how the fires were ignited. I am disappointed and angry at the idea these fires were deliberately lit.

This is the third major fire event in our local government area this summer. A reminder for all residents to ensure they have a bush fire survival plan and to reduce bush fire hazards around their homes. For more information head to

I am very excited about the recent announcement international fitness movement Parkrun is coming to Cessnock. This fantastic initiative involves a free, weekly five kilometre run or walk held every Saturday. It is great to see St Philips Christian College, Nulkaba getting involved allowing the Parkrun to be held on their campus. I look forward to the launch which is set to be announced shortly and encourage everyone to have a go at the family- friendly free event.

Tomorrow marks Australia Day, a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our wonderful culture and this very special nation we live in. We welcome new citizens and thank those very special Aussies that go above and beyond in our community. I would like to extend the invitation to the entire community to celebrate the day together. We have put together a great program of events which commences with the Citizenship Ceremony and the Australia Day Awards at the East Cessnock Bowling Club from 10:00am. The official proceedings will also include a special presentation to emergency services for their efforts this fire season. Lyndey Milan OAM has been announced as our Australia Day Ambassador. I am very much looking forward to welcoming one of Australia’s most recognised food personalities into our region which is home to first class food and wine.

From 12:00pm we are offering a FREE barbeque lunch to the community with the inaugural Mayor’s Cup Cricket Match starting at 12:30pm. The match organised by Council with the support of the Cessnock District Cricket Association is expected to be competitive with some of our best local players going head to head. For more information head to