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Filed under Cessnock, Council, News ~ by Press on  22 Aug 2019

Become a tech savvy senior

Get tech savvy by taking part in the upcoming fun and FREE Be Connected Technology Workshops for local seniors and the wider community at Cessnock City Library.

The following workshops are on offer from 10am to 12pm.

Friday 6 September: Absolute Basics

This course will teach you the absolute essentials of using your device, whether it is a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Friday 20 September: Getting to Know Your Device

This course will teach you the basic functions of a keyboard, a mouse and a computer, including how to change settings and manage your files.

Friday 4 October: Getting Started Online

Navigating the online world can be a little tricky at first, but this course will teach you some essential skills to getting started online.

Friday 18 October: Online Hobbies

This topic has courses on some of the fun hobbies you can do online. You can learn how to become your family’s ancestry champion, and explore the amazing world of Google Earth, Google Voyager and Google Arts & Culture, to whisk you away on a tour of the globe from the comfort of your own living room. You can also write your first blog.

Friday 1 November: More Online Skills

In this course, you will learn how to shop safely online and how to connect with friends and family using social networks. You will also learn about how to use a digital camera and how to watch TV or listen to music online.

Friday 15 November: Connecting to Others

This course will teach you how to get set up with the correct equipment to make video calls. It will also teach you about some different ways to make free video calls using applications such as Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime.

Council’s Library Services Co-ordinator, Rose-marie Walters is encouraging local seniors and the wider community to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities.

It’s about teaching you that technology isn’t terrifying or to be avoided, rather it can be an incredibly useful tool when you have the skills to get the most out your device.”

Bookings are essential. Book online at libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au, through the event listing on our ‘Cessnock City Library’ Facebook page or by calling Cessnock Library on 4993 4399 or Kurri Kurri Library on 4937 1638.

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$3.65 million secured for Kurri Kurri commercial centre upgrade

Cessnock City Council has secured $3.65 million under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions Fund to commence the Commercial Centre Masterplan for Kurri Kurri.

The Masterplan was developed in consultation with the community to meet the evolving needs of Kurri Kurri residents. The upgrades will deliver improved facilities to the community encouraging redevelopment, visitation, accessibility and economic activity.

Council will also contribute around $520,000 to the project bringing the total funding to

$4.17 million for the Stage 1 works.

Stage 1 of the Commercial Centre Masterplan includes the design and upgrade of a length of Lang Street, Kurri Kurri which consists of:

•    street tree planting

•    landscaping

•    footpath

•    pedestrian crossing

•    street furniture

•    shelters

•    lighting

•    signage

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it’s a significant amount of funding for a vital project.

These upgrades will retain the character of the Kurri Kurri commercial centre whilst catering for increased growth in the surrounding areas. I look forward to seeing the plans and designs.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Kurri Kurri project was one of 11 infrastructure projects awarded funding under Round 6 of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program earlier this year.

The Resources for Regions program recognises the important contribution mining-related communities make to the state, helps to strengthen local infrastructure and diversify their economies,” Mr Barilaro said.

This planning and subsequent works will provide better transport links, new recreational opportunities and improved accessibility for both locals and visitors, as well as increase the attractiveness of Kurri Kurri as a place to invest.

This project is part of the $294 million investment Resources for Regions has made into 65 projects since the program’s inception in 2012.”

Council will now undertake an extensive design and consultation process. The work is planned to begin next year.

This project is funded through the Restart NSW Resources for Regions Fund, part of the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Fund. For more information on the project, visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/planning-and-development/publications/KurriKurriDistrictStrategy.

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Cessnock continues in a growth phase with record DA approvals

Cessnock City Council welcomed new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that positive growth continues in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).

Last financial year saw a total of 1062 development applications and modifications determined.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said the number of development applications continues to increase indicating a growth phase for the Cessnock LGA.

The data shows we’ve had a record number of residential building approvals in 2018-2019 with a 38.4% increase from 496 approvals in 2017-2018.”

We’re bucking the trend when compared to the rest of the state with our residential dwelling approvals continuing to increase with 689 residential dwellings approved in the LGA. This brings the value of our building approvals, in the last financial year, to $385 million.”

This investment in our area will provide long term benefits on the local economy.”

Council’s application processing times were also a highlight of the data as Council’s average 52 days processing time remains well below the state average of 71 days. The median processing time for Council is 28 days.

Mayor Pynsent congratulated Council’s team for continuing their strong record of efficient processing times.



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