Cessnock Council News

Filed under Cessnock, Council, News ~ by Press on  13 Aug 2019
Who do you think you are? Find out this National Family History Month!

August is National Family History Month (NFHM) and Cessnock City Library is presenting two FREE workshops on genealogy and family history

On Thursday 15 August from 10am to 12pm Cessnock Library is presenting Unlocking the mysteries behind ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. The television series ‘Who do you think you are?’ has been a global phenomenon, but how do the archivists and historians find the original records they uncover in each episode?  In this workshop we will watch an episode and Council’s Local Studies Librarian Kimberly O’Sullivan will explain how original records are uncovered. 

On Tuesday 20 August between 11am to 12:30pm Kurri Kurri Library will host an ‘Understanding Ancestry’ workshop. Ancestry.com is a wonderful family history tool, but it can be tricky to use. Volunteer, Debbie Rowley loves Ancestry.com and wants to help you get the most out of this resource. This free workshop will help you negotiate your way through Ancestry.com and answer your common research questions.

Access to Ancestry.com is via a paid subscription, but did you know that if you are a member of Cessnock Library you have free unlimited access to the site with your library card? Cessnock Family History Group also operates from the Local Studies Room at Cessnock Library and they welcome visitors and enquiries.

Council’s Library Services Co-ordinator, Rose-marie Walters said family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world.

“There are over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history related organisations and the month has broad appeal across Australia.”

Bookings essential and bookings for all events can be made at https://bit.ly/2RysR1T.

Success for Cessnock City Council at the LGNSW Awards

The Local Government NSW Awards were recently held in Sydney and Cessnock City Council was recognised in a number of categories.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent and Council’s Community and Cultural Engagement Manager Natalie Drage

NAIDOC Week 2018 received a Highly Commended in the RH Dougherty Awards – Innovation and Special Events. The award recognised the collaboration between Council and community in putting together a wonderful program of events.

Our award winning Seniors Festival has again attracted attention, Council was named as a finalist in the Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards for last year’s program.

Council was also successful at the LGNSW Planning Awards, in the category of Culture Change Innovation and Excellence. Council received a Highly Commended for the Branxton Town Centre Strategy.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent attended the awards and said it was tough competition.

There were some amazing events and planning projects from councils across the state that were also named as finalists. It’s wonderful our Council has again been recognised at these awards that are about showcasing councils in NSW going the extra mile when it comes to events, initiatives or projects.”

I’m proud Council took home a highly commended for the work it has done on the Branxton Town Centre. Council was recognised for the way it collaborated with the community to come up with a vision for the town centre. Facilitating genuine engagement on projects is important and this project is a demonstration of doing it successfully.”

I’d also like to recognise the community groups and members involved in NAIDOC Week 2018 and the Seniors Festival 2018. This award is a recognition of your tireless efforts in contributing to these events.”

Lotta Jackson appointed Cessnock City Council General Manager

Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Lotta Jackson to the position of General Manager.

Ms Jackson will replace former General Manager Stephen Glen who announced his retirement earlier in the year and finished with Council in July.

Ms Jackson has extensive local government experience, spanning over 20 years, her most recent role as the General Manager of Norfolk Island Regional Council. Ms Jackson has also held executive positions at Tenterfield Shire Council and Glen Innes Severn Council.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent congratulated Ms Jackson on her success and is looking forward to working together.

Lotta is well regarded in local government and has the proven ability to lead organisations. She is passionate about community and is dedicated to driving positive change. Lotta has a broad range of skills and a genuine focus on community. I look forward to welcoming Lotta to the Cessnock Local Government Area.”

Ms Jackson is eager to start the role and looks forward to getting to know staff and the community, and liaising closely with the Mayor and Councillors in achieving outcomes.

I’m looking forward to exploring the wishes and aspirations of the people of the area now and into the future, including local employment and services, and maintaining and enhancing the environment for both residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Ms Jackson will commence in the position on Monday 30 September 2019.



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