5 October 2016

The Hyundai A-league pre-season hit out between the Newcastle Jets and the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday 24 September was a huge success.
The Hyundai A-league pre-season hit out between the Newcastle Jets and the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday 24 September was a huge success. Cessnock City Sportsground certainly looked the part with many of the players commenting on the perfect playing conditions, special thanks to Council staff and volunteers. It was great to see the community turn out to enjoy the game and watch on as the Jets took down the Wanderers 2- 0.

We were also pleased to see the Jets: Play youth clinic completely booked out with 200 boys and girls taking part. There was a buzz of excitement in the air as our young budding footballers not only got to meet the players but ran out with them onto the field to get some tips.

It was a great pleasure to bring this event to Cessnock and we look forward to continuing to ensure we attract and secure similar events in the future.

Lomas Lane Bridge has now been officially opened with the ribbon cutting held last week. I was lucky enough to have a member of the Lomas family assist me with opening the bridge along with some of the residents of the Hunter Valley Zoo. The old timber bridge has been replaced with a reinforced concrete bridge that has a 100 year design life. Council are committed to delivering the community with infrastructure that will benefit generations to come.

Last week I attended the launch of Hunter Valley Summer Theatre at Kevin Sobels Wines which will involve six plays being performed on site at Sobels. I would like to congratulate Kevin Sobels and the Valley Artists on this innovative venture. This is what makes the Hunter Valley so exceptional, where else could you watch theatre amongst ageing barrels of wine! For more information on this unique event head to http://www.huntervalleysummertheatre.com.au/.

It is with a heavy heart Cessnock City Council says goodbye to a very valued staff member Simon Eade, Council’s Manger Community and Cultural Engagement. It was with great sadness to hear of his passing which has shocked and saddened not only our staff but the community. During Simon’s twenty years of service he showed dedication to the community and was instrumental to the success of countless local events and initiatives. His contribution to the Cessnock community through his involvement in the libraries, CYCOS and Cessnock Performing Arts Centre will not be forgotten. Simon will not only be remembered for his work with council but as a valued friend and colleague.

The community also lost another wonderful individual, Pam Bothwell. Many will remember Pam for her community service and playing the piano each Australia Day for a number of years. I’d like to extend my deepest sympathies to Pam’s family and friends at this time.