General Manager's Column - 10 November 2021

Published on 10 November 2021

Cessnock City Council General Manager Lotta Jackson
I am pleased to announce that Council was successful in securing a $1,557,411 Fixing Local Roads grant for the rehabilitation of Mount View Road, Cessnock and Quorrobolong Road, Kitchener. Fixing Local Roads is an initiative funded by the NSW Government specifically designed to help regional and rural councils carry out vital repair work and reduce the maintenance backlog on local roads. This welcome funding boost will see $1,100,037 invested in Mount View Road for a full width pavement rehabilitation and $457,374 allocated to Quorrobolong Road to stabilise and resurface the existing pavement. I’m sure local residents in these areas will be pleased to hear this announcement and see works get underway to ensure a safer and smoother drive.
 
It was wonderful to see the kitchen upgrade at Branxton Community Hall reach completion! The much-needed kitchen upgrade involved creating a bigger space with two work areas (food preparation and wash-up), the addition of a large stainless steel bench and new electrical appliances. This upgrade has enhanced this fantastic community facility by providing users with an up to date and modern kitchen, which will also increase the hire potential of the hall. I would like to congratulate the Branxton Community Hall Section 355 Committee who has worked hard for many years to achieve this result for the community.
 
Council’s Economic Development Team have launched a new Support Local competition, this time focussing on our wonderful local accommodation providers. For the month of November, residents are encouraged to tag their favourite accommodation business (or somewhere they would really love to stay) on Facebook, explain why in 25 words or less, and post a photo of the business. All entries will go in the running to win a luxurious travel voucher for a Hunter Valley staycation valued at $500. For the entry to be valid, ensure you tag the business and use the hashtag #supportlocalcessnock. This competition forms part of a series of competitions designed to encourage residents to support their local businesses. Find out more by visiting the Advance Greater Cessnock Facebook page or www.advancecessnock.com.au.
 
In an effort to promote responsible pet ownership and the importance of ensuring your dogs are wearing a collar and tag, Council has launched a ‘Tag for a Tag’ photo competition on Instagram. There are 40 dog tags to be won which come engraved with your dog’s name and your contact details, to ensure your furry friend is returned home safely if they get lost. To enter, simply take a photo of your dog, post it to Instagram, tag @CessnockCityCouncil and include the hashtag #PuppersofCessnock. For more details, including terms and conditions, visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/tagforatag
 
With the continued fluctuation of COVID-19 numbers in the Cessnock LGA and regional travel from Sydney opening back up last week, it’s so important to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, to protect yourselves and our community. In saying that, I was delighted to see our vaccination rates last week reach over 95% single dose and 85.8% double dose. Thank you to everyone in our community who has come forward to get the jab so far, your efforts will go a long way to supporting our community and local businesses who have suffered during the lockdown period.
 
The Local Government elections are coming up on Saturday 4 December and the NSW Electoral Commission is on the lookout for more people to work with them. There are lots of paid positions available to work across the Cessnock Local Government Area, which is a great way to earn some extra money in the lead up to Christmas. You can find out more about positions available and the upcoming election by visiting www.elections.nsw.gov.au
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