Mayoral Column - 17 February

Published on 17 February 2021

Image of Bob Pynsent.

Last week we kicked off the Branxton to Greta Cycleway works. The 3.3km shared, off-road cycleway will connect the Branxton and Greta war memorials. Stage one works are now underway to deliver this fantastic piece of infrastructure that will benefit those who enjoy jumping on a bike or a walk whilst experiencing the wonderful rural surrounds of the townships. To keep up to date with the project you can visit Council’s website.  Council looks forward to seeing and supporting Hunter Anzac Memorial Limited as they progress the incorporation of a memorial aspect along the route. 

Council will hold its first meeting for the year this week, and the agenda is significant considering everything from a regional skatepark, signage and a tender for the construction of the Cessnock Swimming Pool Splash Pad. Residents are encouraged to listen in via Council’s Facebook Page where the meeting is streamed live giving you the opportunity to hear Council’s decisions first hand. It is timely to remind all residents that there will be a local government election this year in September. As usual the focus for Council is to achieve for our community and our dedication to this remains steadfast as we near the completion of this term of Council.

Over the past year, as we navigate COVID-19 as a community, there has been a decrease in community events. It was great to be invited along to the Cessnock District Girl Guides Debutante Ball in March. This is a special event that also marks 110 years of Girl Guides. A huge achievement and a valued community group that gives so much to females of all ages in our community. Well done to those members of the community who contribute to the Guides success.

Last week it was great to visit Miller Park and see the upgrades that have been carried out. Both the Branxton Greta Football Club and Branxton Greta Little Athletics benefit from the facility upgrade. The project funded by the NSW Government’s My Community Project Program enabled the extension of the roof awning to ensure comfort for spectators and participants all year round. These smaller community projects are always vitally important and it was fantastic Council could assist in carrying out the upgrade.

Council is made up of many skilled officers. Last week we held our Employee Service Awards recognising the tenure of long serving staff. A big congratulations to Maria Edmonds and Patricia Beatty who were recognised for their 20 years of service. A significant milestone to reach. We also acknowledged the continued service of Ronald Benson, Peter Burgess and Alan Bailey who have served their community for 40 years. Congratulations to all recipients and thanks for your hard work. 

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