From the mayor's desk: Anzac exhibition at local libraries

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe break over the Easter period. As ANZAC Day approaches it is a reminder for us to pay respect to all of those who have sacrificed their lives for this wonderful nation and to reflect on how lucky we are to call Australia home.

ANZAC Day certainly is one of Australia’s most important national occasions and l look forward to seeing many of you at commemoration services next week.

In the lead up to ANZAC Day the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Library are hosting the ANZAC Brought to Life exhibition. This is a unique opportunity to view authentic equipment and hear stories of war. Visit


Wow, how fantastic was Youth Week 2017. The program again offered a huge range of events for our young people to enjoy. I was lucky enough to attend many of the more than 30 events coordinated.

It was a pleasure to be on the judging panel for the My School Rules cooking competition, which saw Cessnock High School and Mount View High School students cook up a storm. Not only was I impressed by their culinary skills but also their ability to work together as a team. Well done to all the students involved.

Our Youth Week program is made possible through the collaboration of many community organisations. Thank you to each of these groups.


Congratulations to Cessnock Pistol Club for hosting the Australian Championships over Easter – a qualifying event for next year’s Commonwealth Games. The event certainly was made that much more special with Cessnock’s Dan Repacholi participating.


SUCCESS: The Mount View High School team that won the My School Rules cooking competition.

SUCCESS: The Mount View High School team that won the My School Rules cooking competition.

Noel Sugui received a Paul Harris Award at the last Cessnock Wine Country Rotary meeting. Mr Sugui received the highest honour in Rotary for his contribution to our community. I congratulate Noel.