9 January 2019

Congratulations to the organisers of the Christmas lunch held at the Wesley Hall in Cessnock, particularity to the large number of volunteers who made themselves available on the day. A special mention about the number of young people who volunteered their time to support their community. Our community is fortunate to have people like Shane and Julie Herring who donated chicken for the lunch. This is wonderful show of support by our business community.

It was very sad to attend the funeral Nell Workman recently. Nell, who had just turned 90 worked tirelessly for our community particularly with the Kurri Kurri Retired Mineworkers. This is a very sad loss for the Cessnock Local Government Area.

The Christmas and New Year celebrations have now wrapped up for many of us and we now prepare for Australia Day. Council is looking forward to this year’s celebration that now includes three days of free family friendly activities. On Friday 25 January a screening of The Castle will be on at CPAC from 6:30pm, on Australia Day we will hold the Citizenship Ceremony, Australia Day Awards and Mayor’s Cup Twenty20 Cricket Match. On Sunday 27 January at the Cessnock Pool a free BBQ Breakfast will be on from 9am until 11am with free entry to the pool. What a fantastic few days we have planned to celebrate this great country we live in.

On Australia Day a new Senior Citizen will be announced for Cessnock, this will be just in time for our upcoming Seniors Festival.  There will be dozens of free events happening between Wednesday 13 February and Tuesday 26 February. The festival provides a unique opportunity to try out different community organisations, activities and meet likeminded people. It’s about making connections not just during the festival but following the festivities. Programs will shortly be available in hardcopy or can be downloaded now at  www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/seniorsfestival.

The Family Funday Sundays are now running allowing residents free entry between 10am until 6pm, to Cessnock Pool, Branxton Pool and Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre (KKAFC). An inflatable fun park will be popping up a different locations throughout the period. To find out when and where keep an eye on our website. Please note extra fees and charges will apply for use of the inflatable fun park.  The Fundays run until Sunday 24 February.