30 October 2019

The 2019 Local Government NSW Conference was a success with councillors sharing ideas and debating the issues that matter to our local residents. Cessnock City Council worked with Kiama Municipal Council to see a motion carried in relation to regional planning panels. Local Government NSW will now be advocating for the NSW Government to review the processes of the regional planning panels, including the current Code of Conduct, with a view to ensuring that, in practice, genuine local representation including councillors on these panels is preserved.

It was also announced that the 2020 Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Conference will be held in the Cessnock Local Government Area from Sunday 11 to Tuesday 13 October 2020.  The host venue for the 2020 Conference will be the Crowne Plaza in Lovedale and a dinner event will be held at Hope Estate in Pokolbin.  

This is fantastic news that will bring up to 900 people into our local government area providing a huge boost to our local economy. It is no surprise our region is successful at attracting events such as these. This week we are currently hosting the 2019 State Tidy Town Awards. Welcome to all of those currently visiting our local government area. Make sure you put aside some time to enjoy all we have on offer!

It was wonderful to attend the opening of the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival on Saturday. Congratulations and well done to the organisers. Council is a proud sponsor of the festival that has been attracting visitors to the region for 17 years. If you are a local and have not experienced the event consider a trip out to the Wollombi Valley and beyond. It will not disappoint with unique and exceptional indoor and outdoor sculptures on display. The festival runs until the 10 November.

Council’s Customer Service Team received a ‘Highly Commended’ at the National Local Government Customer Service Awards in the ‘Customer Service Team of the Year’ category.  Well done to our team who work hard to deliver high quality customer service. This award reflects a number of changes and improvements to the customer service team that have resulted in an improved service. This recognition was well deserved and is a reflection of Council’s commitment to continuous improvement and dedication to achieving for the local community.

It was fantastic to attend the Kurri Kurri Carnival Dance at the Kurri Kurri Ambulance Hall on Friday. This celebration marked the reopening of this special community asset following the storm damage in November 2017. Restoring the building was a difficult task and took longer than anticipated but the result is fantastic! Our community now have an improved, safer and better facility.