27 June 2018

It is great to announce a new local competition that will see a local preschool, school or community groups garden get a makeover. The Garden Organics Garden Blitz 2018 is now open. The Blitz will see one lucky garden get a complete overhaul. The Garden Organics team will be making a visit to your site and spend the day transforming your garden.

They will look after everything from landscape design, supplying plants plus they will be providing compost and mulch produced from your Garden Organics kerbside collection. The crew will put in the hard yards and complete the project all in one day.

It’s easy to apply. Tell us a about your project, be it a vegie garden, bush tucker or native garden, outdoor meeting area, landscaping around a new structure or if a neglected area needs a green thumb. Applications close 20 July 2018. Read the criteria and apply at www.yourorganicsbin.com.au/garden-blitz-2018/.

Residents making a trip to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre (CWMC) are being encouraged to follow the site rules to stay safe during their visit. CWMC has been designed with safety in mind separating heavy machinery from customer traffic flow and pedestrian activity. These upgrades have improved safety but there are still rules customers need to follow. Very simple decisions like wearing the right footwear will reduce the likelihood of injury caused by stepping on a sharp item or dropping something. Children and pets should also stay inside the car. Council encourages residents to pop on gloves to reduce the risk of getting cuts or blisters and would like to see people using correct lifting techniques when disposing heavy items. To find out how to make a safe visit to the CWMC visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/wastecentre.

Congratulations to Iain Riggs who was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his service to oenology as winemaker, to the development of the Australian wine industry and promotion of the Hunter Region. I would also like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Margaret Albury on receiving an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. Margaret has made a valuable contribution to our community through her work as a volunteer with various organisations throughout the local government area.

NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrations start on Tuesday 12 June and run through until Wednesday 25 of July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The NAIDOC Week Art Trail will be a highlight.  NAIDOC Week themed artworks will be on display at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, Kurri Kurri and Cessnock Libraries, and Council Administration Building. This begins from 6 July. The Barkuma’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day is also planned to be a great day out, with bush tucker sausage sizzle, craft, stalls and lots of entertainment. To find out more visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/naidoc.

I was also very pleased to hear the news that the 2018/19 NSW budget will include $13.5 million to build a new police station in Cessnock. This is a fantastic result for our local police and the wider community as it will go a long way towards making the Cessnock LGA a safer place for everyone.

Congratulation Matthew Brandt from Rothbury who was awarded the only gold medal in the National Work Skills in the category of auto body repair.