3 October 2018

Congratulations to Cessnock City Council’s wonderful team from the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) who won the Customer Service Whole Business Award at the 2018 Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards.

This was the 25th year these prestigious awards have taken place and while the competition was tough across the Hunter, the CPAC customer service shone through. Since opening in 2008, the Centre has developed a strong reputation attracting audiences from the Cessnock Local Government Area and further afield from areas including Singleton, Maitland, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. CPAC has a diverse program of performances that caters to all ages and have a fantastic team who is committed to working closely with the community.  

The staff at the CPAC consistently go above and beyond and it is great to see their hard work recognised at a regional level. From selling tickets to organising events, everything is always delivered in a friendly and professional manner. On behalf of Council, I would like to congratulate the entire CPAC team for this fantastic achievement.

The 2018/19 pool season is now underway with the Branxton and Cessnock Pools officially opening on Saturday. We are very happy that the Family Fun Days will be offered again this year to give residents who do not have a pool pass to try out these wonderful facilities. This will run on certain Sundays over the Christmas and New Year school holiday period at the Branxton Pool, Cessnock Pool and Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre (KKAFC).  Keep an eye out for more details on our Facebook, website and at the facilities. Council has also teamed up with Royal Life Saving NSW to introduce the new national Keep Watch at Public Pools Water safety awareness program locally. The initiative is about improving children’s safety through improved parental supervision.    

Congratulations to Councillor Melanie Dagg, who was elected to the positon of Deputy Mayor of Cessnock City Council. Former Deputy Mayor, Councillor Anthony Burke did a wonderful job and served his community proudly. Councillor Burke did an outstanding job at representing Council at numerous community events. He is an advocate for our community and is dedicated to seeing positive change in the Cessnock Local Government Area. Councillor Dagg will no doubt do an exceptional job and has already begun her duties representing Council at the 2018 Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards.

Local year twelve students are now gearing up for their Higher School Certificate later this month. Good luck to all students undertaking these exams. Use this time before your exams to organise and prepare. These exams are an opportunity to achieve and see your hard work throughout the year pay off. Some great tips and advice are available on educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/exam-advice-resources.