6 February 2019
What an exciting Australia Day in 2019. This year Cessnock City Council extended celebrations over three days offering a number of free Aussie activities. The weekend kicked off with a screening of ‘The Castle’ which was certainly enjoyed by the crowd culminating in a round of applause at the end of the movie, truly an Australian classic. On Australia Day it was a great pleasure to induct 42 new citizens as part of our celebrations. This year saw the largest number of citizens welcomed before an enthusiastic audience. A highlight of the the ceremony was the dance by our Australia Day Ambassadors the Special Olympics Dance Performance Group. Mel Eustace from the Dance Performance Group gave a rousing speech, focusing on inclusion and the Australia Day theme ’Everyone, Every Story’. Mel also taught the audience how to sing the motto “Don’t DISS my ABILITY” a lasting message we know our local residents will take away from the day.
Congratulations to everyone who received an Australia Day Award. Cooper Field took home the award for Young Citizen of the Year, for his outstanding contribution volunteering over 400 hours for St Johns Ambulance. Our Senior Citizen of the Year was awarded to Laguna couple Mr John and Mrs Robbie Forsyth for their generous contribution to the community as they donated their own property to use as a sportsground at Laguna. Geoff Walker was announced as Citizen of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the community through various organisations and committees. Congratulations, we are proud to have such exceptional residents in our Local Government Area (LGA) and contributing so selflessly to our community. A big thank you to the East Cessnock Bowling Club for having us.
The Australia Day celebrations finished off with the cricket match between Supporters and Bellbird, which was the final of the Cessnock Cricket Association T20 competition. It was certainly an exciting game with Supporters winning in the final over. Full credit to all the players and umpires for enduring such sweltering weather conditions. The hot weather continued the following day, making our Sunday Family Fun Days held at the three swimming pools in the LGA very popular. At the Cessnock Pool we held the final celebration for Australia Day with a BBQ breakfast. Thanks to the Cessnock Rotary Club for assisting with the BBQ.
The CPAC season launch on this Saturday we are looking forward to another diverse program of theatre performances that are dramatic, funny, thoughtful, challenging, entertaining and affordable. We encourage all community members to come along and experience the culture and entertainment of offer.
Council have launched a new video on social media aimed at getting residents in the Cessnock LGA to think about keeping their backyard secure. The video starts out using a bit of humour but ends with a twist. The message is simple ‘Make sure your yard is secure, shut your gate and keep your mate safe’. The video is the newest addition to the Council’s responsible pet ownership campaign, ‘with love comes responsibility’ that was launched last year. The campaign focuses on educating residents to enable them to be better pet owners. To view the video visit https://youtu.be/xgDBjrpPprk.
It was with great sadness the passing of Noel Rose last week. Noel was a tireless supporter of our community and a winner 2003 of the Senior Citizen of the Year. Our sympathies are with his family.
The Cessnock Show is just around the corner, with it kicking off on Friday 22 February. This is a fantastic event that has something for everyone to enjoy.