29 June 2016
The 2016 Weston Art Show was a great success once again showing how many talented artists call our community home. It was fantastic to see a healthy number of entries in a range of categories giving artists the opportunity to be recognised for their speciality or demonstrate their versatility in multiple sections. The quality of art did not disappoint and as expected was tough competition.
Congratulations to Susan Ryman who took out the Major Prize with ‘Devolution’ and to the Regional Art Prize winner Michele Heibel with one of her works, ‘The Overwhelming Minority,’ both sections proudly sponsored by Cessnock City Council. Thank you to the Weston Art Show Committee who does a great job at putting on this event. The art community is lucky to have such dedicated people to ensure events such as the Weston Art show continue and thrive.
It is now change over time for service clubs across our local government area. This is a chance to acknowledge the wonderful contribution service clubs make to our community. They provide our community with great support and are always the first to put their hand up when we need assistance. A special mention to the Wine Country Rotary Club which has just 5 dedicated members. Despite their small membership they managed to distribute $12, 000 into our community over the last year. This is a tremendous effort reflecting their hard work and passion for community. I recommend people looking to contribute and assist their community to consider a service club membership.
Council accepted a tender from Waeger Constructions at last Council meeting with work expected to commence shortly on Frame Drive Bridge, Abermain. Relocation of public utilities is expected to start in August with work to commence soon after. I very much look forward to seeing the commencement of the construction phase. Once again I thank the community for their patience and understanding on this matter.
NAIDOC Week 2016 officially starts this Saturday but celebrations across our community are already underway. Events this week include the Kurri Kurri Cook Off which is all about tasting traditional recipes. Art After Hours is also being held tomorrow night where a guest speaker will discuss works from the ‘Songlines Print Project’ at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. Remember the Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation Flag Raising Ceremony and Street Parade is on July 9 starting at 10am which is shaping up to be a great event. For more information go to http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/naidoc.