5 September 2018

Monday 27 August was a very special day for the community of Kurri Kurri. It marked the official hand over of the medals of Pte William Kelly to Kurri Kurri Public School for safekeeping. This is extremely unique and is in fact the first medal handover ceremony of its kind in Australia.  William Kelly a miner from Glasgow, Scotland lived in Kurri Kurri prior to WWI and was killed in action fighting for Australia on May 15 1917. As William Kelly had no living relatives his war medals were unable to be passed on and stored away. The ceremony was a very special welcome home to William Kelly after almost 100 years.

 Our community will welcome New South Wales Governor His Excellency General David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) next Monday. The visit is extremely important as it is the first visit by the Governor to the Cessnock Local Government Area since he agreed to be the official patron of the Branxton Greta Memorial Cycleway project. This important infrastructure project has been a priority in our community for many years. It has been named as one of Council’s top four infrastructure projects and Council continually seeks out opportunities to secure grant funding. Congratulations to all of those involved in making the visit happen. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase this important initiative.  The Governor will also visit Kurri Kurri and Kearsley. The Governor will unveil a plaque at the Kearsley Community Hall with the names of the 22 local men who enlisted in WWI. 

Council would like to congratulate the Kurri Kurri RSL sub-branch for their success in receiving an Armistice Day Centenary Grant under the Federal Government’s grant program. This is wonderful news for our entire community. The Kurri Kurri RSL has used the grant to fund special Armistice Day themed banners to be displayed on banner poles as part of our community marking the important commemorative occasion.  Well done to those involved in putting in the application and I’m sure the Governor will be pleased to hear about this during his visit to Kurri Kurri.

Wattle Day was on last Friday and to celebrate this uniquely Australian day, Cessnock Library is hosting a Wonderful Wattle exhibition in the foyer up until Friday 28 September 2018.  The exhibition also falls within History Week, so it will also cover the history of Wattle Day, both locally and nationally, as it was once a major Australian celebration and public holiday. For more information about the Wonderful Wattle exhibition, visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/library.

Spring Awakening 2018 is on this Friday and will be a wonderful spectacle for the entire community. Come along early to participate in the ever growing lantern parade, departing from Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and continuing in a dazzling procession via Vincent Street all the way to the TAFE grounds. The parade will leave at 5.30pm sharp. There will be live entertainment, roving performers and gourmet food trucks. You can also pack a picnic and attend the free family event at TAFE grounds.

Cessnock Minor Rugby League recently held their 30 year reunion. This club has contributed so much to our community and continues to do so. Sporting clubs are valuable to our sense of community and it is positive to see Cessnock Minor Rugby League celebrating a milestone.

Kurri Kurri’s, the Town of Murals Art Show is on this Saturday. The show attracts hundreds of artists each year. No doubt 2018 will see some exceptional works. Residents are encouraged to attend and enjoy a wonderful day of culture.

On Saturday 9 September those who have lost their lives in mines locally and across Australia will be remembered at CFMEU’s Annual Memorial Day Service. This is always a very emotional day for the families who have lost loved ones. It is a reminder for the industry to continue their commitment to safety.