26 October 2017

Postie Bikes will be roaring to the finish line this coming Sunday as the fourth Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix is held in Cessnock. It is certainly a very entertaining event and gets the adrenalin pumping. Best of luck to any local entrants and most of all stay safe on race day.

The growth and expansion of these types of events is vital for our community. The variety of unique events we have in our local government area makes our home a very attractive place to live and importantly a fantastic place to visit. As a local we are very privileged to have such a broad range of events on our doorstep. To find out more about race day visit https://www.cessnockmotorcycleclub.com.au.  

It is an exciting time for our tourism operators as the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance (Alliance) is committed to reaching its $300,000 goal, which is crucial to establishing a major destination marketing campaign for the region worth around $600,000.  

The Alliance will approach Destination NSW with $300,000 in pledges, and ask them to match the funding dollar-for-dollar, and develop a campaign that will thrust Hunter Valley Wine Country into the limelight as a premier tourist destination.  

The support of our local operators has been absolutely fantastic. Our tourism operators are thinking strategically about our future as a region and understand the power of collaboration to achieve positive outcomes for the whole industry.  

The Kurri Kurri community has been very busy celebrating at the Kurri Kurri Community Festival and their 115th birthday. It has been wonderful to celebrate alongside the community and fantastic to see so many smiling faces out and about in Rotary Park. We have a lot to be proud of in our community, not only our past but also our future. Happy Birthday Kurri Kurri!  

The 11 November, 2017 marks the 99th anniversary of Armistice which ended the First World War. I encourage all members of our community to consider attending a commemoration service, these are a time of reflection to remember those who have died or suffered in armed conflicts. Despite everyone’s many commitments, it is very important we take this time out of our busy lives and pay our respects on Remembrance Day.  

The Cessnock Leagues Club is hosting the Lions District Convention this Saturday, seeing Lions from everywhere come together. This is an opportunity to recognise the important role volunteers and clubs like these play in our community. The Lions are always on hand to provide support and I thank all of our local clubs for their contribution to our community.