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    The Cessnock City Council Library foyer will be a book worm’s paradise when thousands of titles go on sale at this year’s much-anticipated second book sale on from Monday 16 October 2017.
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6 September

We held the final of our 2017 Mayoral Debate on 23 August between Mount View High School and St Philips Christian College and in my opinion it was the best debate to date. The debating gets better and better each year, but the students really stepped it up a notch this time around. The topic for the final was ‘that Australia would be more effectively governed without a Senate’ and while the debating game was strong; St Philips took out the title for the third year in a row. I would like to congratulate everyone who took part and I am certainly looking forward to what next year brings.

The Branxton Lions Club held their 60th Anniversary celebration on Saturday 26 August. For 60 years, this club has worked tirelessly for the Branxton and Greta community and continues to find innovative ways to help those in need and build a better place to live. 

The iconic 18-carat gold Melbourne Cup came to Cessnock as part of its 2017 National Emirates Tour on Sunday 27 August and it was great to see local racing fans come down to see it. Horse racing has been a huge part of our region for many years and this rich racing history is still alive today, which contributed to us being included in the tour.

The $16.7 million Hermitage Road upgrade and cycleway project officially opened with an event last Wednesday. This joint project between Singleton and Cessnock councils and funded by the NSW Government under the Restart NSW Resources for Regions is a prime example of what can be achieved when everyone works together. This project has truly been an important investment in our communities and in particular for our thriving tourism sector. 

Hunter Valley Wine Country is in for another welcome boost following the launch of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package. The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine producing region and wine businesses across our region are well deserving of a share in this critical funding. I certainly encourage all local wine businesses to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  

Hunter Valley Wine Country is in for another welcome boost following the launch of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package. The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine producing region and wine businesses across our region are well deserving of a share in this critical funding. I certainly encourage all local wine businesses to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  

We are pleased to once again offer residents with a free drop-off service for old mattresses and ensembles from 8am to 12pm on Saturday 23 September 2017. We alternate this service between Cessnock and Kurri Kurri every six months and this time around it will be held at the Hunter Business Enterprise Centre car park in Kurri Kurri. Since we started this popular service, we have collected a whopping 3,931 mattresses, which is just incredible. 

I am certainly looking forward to the 2017 Spring Awakening event which is taking place this Friday 8 September. The event will kick off with the popular lantern parade and I encourage everyone in the community to come down to the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre at 5pm on the day to join the dazzling procession of lanterns to the TAFE grounds. As always, it is sure to be a fun-filled family-friendly evening of delicious food, fire displays, live music, roving performers, creative workshops and more!