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8 March, 2017

The Seniors Festival is in full swing after the launch last Friday, it is great to see so many people getting involved in the celebrations. I celebrated alongside the Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation at a thoroughly enjoyable Elders Afternoon Tea. Other events over the last few days have included Tai Chai, Croquet, a presentation from NBN weather Gavin Morris, the Kurri Kurri Historical Photo Exhibition and a writing workshop run by author Keith Whelan.  

Residents are encouraged to check out our full program of events which runs until Saturday 18 March. It is a fantastic opportunity for seniors to engage with their community but also a chance for the entire family to spend time together.

Recently I was given the opportunity to speak at the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Hunter branch meeting and explain Council’s response to the State Government’s Hunter Regional Plan 2036. It was pleasing to see the NSW State Government take on board the feedback Council provided in response to the draft plan last year. Cessnock and Kurri Kurri have been recognised as Strategic Centres, and along with the Branxton Huntlee area, are now part of the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Area. 

This meets our plans to better connect our LGA into the broader Newcastle and Lower Hunter area with better infrastructure opportunities and a more integrated approach to planning. We welcomed the inclusion of the Hunter Expressway and a new strategy to look at its region shaping potential. 

The conference was a unique opportunity to give a local perspective to a regional audience as cross border planning is key to economic development not only for the Cessnock LGA but also for the Newcastle metropolitan area and the greater Hunter Region.

Happy Birthday Kurri Kurri Rotary Club, 60 years strong. The contribution this club has made to our community is significant. I certainly hope the club can serve the community as well for the next 60 years. Special mention to the late Col Brown, who was a member for 42 years. Whether it be Youth Exchange, the Kurri Flagpole, Rotary Park or the catering van, the community appreciates the support.

Congratulations to the Kurri Kurri Learning community for launching the Community PBL program last week. It is a great initiative to work with the community in helping young people develop as responsible citizens. Under the banner of the BASA Kookaburra the program instills responsibility, safety, respect and being an active participant in our community for all young people in Kurri Kurri schools.Many residents would have experienced their first Garden Organics kerbside collection day as the service commenced on Monday, if residents have any questions visit http://www.yourorganicsbin.com.au/.