Council Column


Spring Awakening has arrived for 2016 with Friday’s lantern parade set to be another excellent event.

The Mayoral Debate is over for another year with St Phillip’s Christian College taking out the title for the second year running. St Phillip’s Christian College and Kurri Kurri High School debating teams were named in the final following the heats in mid-August. The grand final saw the students debate the topic, ‘That mental health has changed since the introduction of digital technology’. It was a great topic allowing students to explore an important issue very relevant to their lives as avid users of digital technology.

It was a tight debate however St Phillip’s Christian College were named the champions, arguing for the affirmative. Congratulations to each student involved in the 2016 Mayoral Debate, it is a fantastic experience for not only the students but for those in the audience whose own thoughts are challenged by each teams arguments.

As many of you know at the start of August Cessnock City Council was named the Best Youth Week 2016 at the NSW Local Government Awards. While the trophy says Cessnock City Council this accolade was earnt by the many people involved including young people, businesses and community organisations.

On the August 25 Council held the Youth Week Awards Ceremony to recognise all the wonderful people involved. Around fifty people received an award for their contributions and efforts in making Youth Week 2016 an incredible event for young people. We should all be very proud of what we achieved through working together to create an excellent week of activities and events.

Last week marked the launch of FlyingfoxEngage, an online survey giving the community an opportunity to share their thoughts on how to manage the East Cessnock Flying-fox camp. Not only is it an opportunity for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Industry- Lands and Council to hear from residents but gives detailed information about each of the 20 options under consideration. Residents are encouraged to do the survey which will only take 5 to 10 minutes.

Council is working hard in preparation for the Newcastle Jets and the Western Sydney Wanderers A-league pre-season clash on Saturday September 24 at the Cessnock Sportsground. Tickets are available for sale at Ticketmaster and from the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre. More details about the Jet’s clinic for young footballers will be released on the Jet’s website

Spring Awakening has arrived for 2016 with Friday’s lantern parade set to be another excellent event. It will be great to see all the lanterns on display which school children have been working hard on over the last couple of months. This is an event which is truly mesmerising and one not to be missed. It starts at 5:30pm, leaving from the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.