The Cessnock Advertiser's Letters to the Editor: February 24, 2021

Letters to the Editor: February 24


When I first saw the new Greta town sign Cessnock City Council had put up, I could not believe my eyes.

First of all, why not copy the one Greta Tidy Towns had designed - which is a miners belt, the official stamp for the Greta council (1890-1935 when it merged with Kearsley Shire), surrounding a Silky Oak flower.

Let me give you some other parts of our history that could have been used.

Mining, we had Farthings Anvil creek pit early 1860's; Central Greta (Grace Chapman's farm), Ebbwmain, Broxburn, Leconfield, Whitburn this to name a few.

Mechanisation 1890, a Stanley Header (believed to be the first coal cutting machine used in NSW), Greta Colliery.

Greta Jockey Club 1891. Greta Coursing (Greyhound racing) 1879.

The home of Norman Brown.

February 21st, 1874, Anvil Creek and Greta vintage had begun.

One of the largest Army camps in NSW.

The movie Eureka Stockade was filmed in part here.

Yes, there was a very big migrant camp here, but it is only a fraction of our town's history, and I am not saying it should not have been mentioned on the town sign, but that sign should have been a collage of all our history, not one tiny part.

Council has told me that a survey was run on their web page and in the Advertiser. Well, we don't get the Advertiser out here, and their web page, well less said about it the better.

Val Randall, Greta


To those complaining about the new housing development in Brown Street, Bellbird creating potholes to Mathieson Street - these potholes aren't new. The developer filled and sealed the couple of potholes at the intersection, the council did nothing. Please check 10 metres either side of this intersection where the potholes are thriving.There is a crater developing at the intersection of Keelendi and Mathieson, which has nothing to do with the housing development, but there are no complaints about that.

Check out the paved area at the centre of the shopping district in Cooper Street. Council is going to have to spend more of our money to "fix" this outbreak of the pothole virus in the town centre, but no money will be spent on Mathieson Street.

I have no connection to the developer of the new subdivision, but please concentrate your complaints to the council. The mayor should take a drive down our street to see the pothole pandemics spread before it gets to the lovely roads of the vineyards.

Paul Clark, Bellbird


The 2021 Anzac Day Schools' Awards are now open. This year they encourage students across the nation to learn about veteran service and Australian wartime history and ask the question, 'What does commemoration look like in your community?'

The awards look to remember and honour the service and sacrifice of Australians across a wide range of conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

This year students are being asked to look at the importance of commemoration to local communities and how that has changed over time in our society.

With many Anzac Day services around Australia and overseas last year not proceeding, we saw Australian communities adapt and commemorate Anzac Day in their homes - painting poppies and placing them in windows of houses, school children writing letters to our elderly veterans in aged care facilities, music tributes, current serving members calling veterans to check in, and solitary driveway tributes - the local community truly became the centre point of commemoration.

Initiatives such as the Anzac Day Schools' Awards help to ensure that Australia's future generations grow up with opportunities to learn about those who have served our nation and what they sacrificed.

I encourage all schools across Australia, teachers and students alike, to get creative this year with their entries and to make sure that you showcase what commemoration means to your local community.

Visit for information on how to apply.

The Hon Darren Chester MP,

Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel

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