2 October 2019
On Monday Council welcomed new General Manager Lotta Jackson to the team and it has been a very productive first couple of days. It is an exciting time for Council as we will benefit from Lotta’s extensive local government experience, spanning over 20 years. It is a big move for Lotta as she most recently finished up as the General Manager of Norfolk Island Regional Council. Lotta has held executive positions at Tenterfield Shire Council and Glen Innes Severn Council. Lotta has the proven ability to lead organisations. She is passionate about community and is dedicated to driving positive change. Lotta has a broad range of skills and a genuine focus on community. I look forward to working with Lotta to achieve for the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).
October is National Safe Work Month which is an opportunity to celebrate that Australia is one of the safest places in the world to work. It allows us to look at how we can all do our bit to make our workplaces even safer. Creating a healthy, safe environment and a culture of care is a key goal for us here at Council. We aim to ensure workers are safe all year round, but it is always good to be reminded about the importance of workplace health and safety. Our staff will be participating in a range of events and activities this week. I encourage all work places in the Cessnock LGA to consider how they can improve work health and safety in the workplace. Remember this is not only about physical safety but about personal wellbeing.
Congratulations to the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) who was awarded Highly Commended in the Hospitality and Tourism category at the 2019 Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards. CPAC is a wonderful community facility and the staff consistently go above and beyond to deliver for the community. The facility is an asset to our region as people come from all over for both the fantastic shows and the quality customer service they receive. Council is calling on the community to have their say on the draft Cessnock Pool Masterplan which is now on public exhibition. The draft Masterplan includes the construction of a splash park, construction of a program pool, solar heating, relocated heat pumps, additional seating and more shade. Council’s long term strategic plan is to provide the community with a bigger and better facility, however we want to ensure the current facility is meeting our community’s needs now. To get a better understanding of the vision view the video on Council’s website that shows what the Cessnock Pool could look like www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/exhibition/cessnockPoolMasterplan.
Congratulations to Councillor Melanie Dagg, who was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor for her second term receiving unanimous support from her fellow Councillors. It is no surprise Cr Dagg stood unopposed and received overwhelming support from her colleagues as during her first term she demonstrated commitment to community and has done an outstanding job.