The Cessnock Advertiser Letters to the Editor: March 24, 2021

Roadworks at Heddon Greta in March. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Roadworks at Heddon Greta in March. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers


Heddon Greta is truly the forgotten village.

For more than two years the residents of Heddon Greta have been asking for consideration and direction from Cessnock City Council.

We are still waiting on:

- A Strategic Plan for Heddon Greta as a result of the increase in population

- Traffic lights at the hotel (Young Street) and the Drive-In (Heddon Street)

- Safer conditions for residents and motorists

- Inconvenience to residents and businesses as a result of developer activity (bad luck)

- Gateway entry signage (not nominated for consideration)

- Kerb and guttering (no budget)

- Better drainage to prevent houses being flooded (no budget)

For 2019/2020 year CCC raked in over a million dollars in developer contributions in my street. How is this fair?

Stop passing the buck Cessnock Council or face the same fate as Central Coast Council. Enough is enough!

Steve Gilbey, Heddon Greta


This year, the Royal Australian Air Force marks 100 years of service to our nation.

Since its establishment on March 31, 1921, bravery, resilience, innovation and teamwork have been the legacy passed on from one generation to the next, making it one of the most effective air forces in the world.

From when the fledgling service was first established with just 149 people, and aviation itself was only two decades old, through the Second World War, when more than 215,000 of our Air Force men and women served in Europe, North Africa, Asia, the Pacific and across Australia.

Then in Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, UN Missions and now in the Middle East, which has been a continuous commitment of almost 20 years.

Today, the Air Force comprises almost 21,000 members, including nearly 5,000 reservists. Globally, on any day, the Air Force has between 500 and 700 people deployed on active duty helping those in need.

In the last 12 months alone, the men and women of the Air Force have provided crucial support to our COVID-19 response and in recovering from the devastating bushfires.

As we commemorate this milestone, it's important to pause and acknowledge our Air Force veterans, today's members and all the families who have supported our personnel throughout the last century.

This year will be an important time to reflect on their enduring contribution to the security of Australia. As it enters its second century and faces rapidly evolving strategic challenges, we are inspired by the talent and commitment of the next generation of Air Force men and women who carry the legacy forward.

Thank you for your service.

Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel

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