Council Column

  Local residents have probably noticed a splash of pink around Cessnock, as Council outdoor staff are sporting bright pink high-vis work shirts and vests in support of breast cancer awareness

Local residents have probably noticed a splash of pink around Cessnock, as Council outdoor staff are sporting bright pink high-vis work shirts and vests in support of breast cancer awareness. The staff led initiative is being run from August to October in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Staff hope when you spot them in pink you remember one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer nationally and early diagnosis is key.

This initiative is a part of Council’s employee giving program where staff can make a donation with all proceeds raised going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Council are extremely proud of the staff involved in raising awareness and funds for such a worthy cause.  

Last week we celebrated Local Government week, this year’s theme was Our Council, Our Community’. A real highlight of was a visit from Paul Harragon as a part of the School Leaders Breakfast. Around 200 students took part in the event where they had the opportunity to hear from the ‘the Chief’.  Students heard how he overcame challenges throughout his career, including during his recent appearance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and the Coast to Coast trek of Papua New Guinea.  

Paul Harragon spoke about the importance of goal setting, putting his success down to his ability to set goals throughout his career. It was a fantastic event and great to see local students inspired by a leader who really has achieved a lot on and off the field.  

Council has now officially moved into caretaker mode as the local government election approaches. Briefings were held last week giving prospective candidates a better understanding of the requirements and challenges of civic life. The Council election will be held on Saturday, 10 September 2016. Pre-poll will commence on Monday, 29 August 2016. For more information head to http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/council/election.