The Church that would not Die

Cessnock City Library launches the book The Church that would not Die, St Michael the Archangel, Wollombi, on Monday 30 September 2019.

St Michael the Archangel at Wollombi (Attribution)

Co-author Gael Winnick will tell the story of this extraordinary local church and its history, at the library launch..

St Michael the Archangel at Wollombi is one of the most recognisable buildings in the Wollombi Valley and has an extraordinary tale.

The Friends of St. Michael’s put it well when they said,

Paid for three times, flooded, re-built, rocked by an earthquake, closed, auctioned and even dynamited, the story of St Michael’s miraculous survival emphasises the position of the church in the community of the Wollombi Valley.”


Councillor Dagg to continue as Deputy Mayor

Councillor Melanie Daggwas elected to the position of Deputy Mayor of Cessnock City Council for her second term.

Council’s Interim General Manager Robert Maginnity, returning officer for the election,  declared Councillor Dagg the successful candidate.

Cr Dagg thanked the Councillors for their support after standing unopposed for the position.

I have genuinely enjoyed the position and am thankful for the support of my colleagues.

I will continue to work hard as Deputy Mayor for the residents of this special local government area, which I care so much about. I’m committed to listening to our community and fighting to ensure their voice is heard at a local, state and federal level.”

Cr Dagg grew up in Cessnock, attending West Cessnock Public School, Mount View High School and later St Marys in Maitland and is currently studying law by correspondence.

She serves as a member of the Cultural Facilities Committee, Hunter Water Consultative Committee, the Association of Mining and Energy Related Councils.

During Cr Dagg’s first term as Deputy Mayor she demonstrated commitment to the community and has done an outstanding job at representing Council. Cr Dagg is a wonderful and passionate advocate for our community and I know she will continue this hard work during her second term,” said Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent.

It was clear Cr Dagg has done an exceptional job receiving unanimous support from her fellow Councillors.”


New shade sails for Abernethy Park

In welcome news for Abernethy residents, Cessnock City Council will install new shade sails over the playground at Abernethy Park later this month.

The project will be funded by Council’s 2019/20 Recreation Facilities Program and follows on from works completed in 2018/19 where a pathway was installed around the playground and associated drainage and landscaping completed.

Installed in time for the warmer months, the shade sails will reduce exposure to UV radiation and keep the equipment cooler in extreme weather conditions.

Locals may have noticed new shade sails popping up in parks across the Cessnock LGA including Log of Knowledge Park Kurri Kurri, Centenary Park Abermain, Maybury Peace Park Weston, Whitburn Park Greta, Buckland Avenue Park Cessnock and Poppet Head Park Kitchener.

These installations are part of Cessnock City Council’s Shade Sail Program which has been partly funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. 

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is pleased to see another shade sail going up over a local playground.

As we continue to upgrade our local parks, it is wonderful to see so many children and families utilising these facilities and the shade sails will ensure everyone is sun safe.”

More information about Council’s Open Space & Community Facilities projects can be found on’ target="_blank">Council’s website.

Mayor Bob Pynsent at Abernethy Park ~ one of the rare times a news item finds Bob in the shade :0)


Branxton and Cessnock Pools Open Early

The recent warmer weather has prompted Cessnock City Council to open its outdoor pools at Branxton and Cessnock a little earlier than normal, allowing local swimmers to get additional laps in before the season starts.

The pools will open their doors on Monday 16 September for reduced hours, Monday to Friday 6am-1pm for lap swimming only, but this will also allow the community to pop in and purchase their season passes.

The official outdoor pool season will kick off on Saturday 28 September where opening hours will return to normal, Monday to Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am-6pm.

The Royal Life Saving NSW Keep Watch Program will continue at our local pools this season, which educates parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on or around the water.

For the 2019/20 outdoor pool season, Council has also introduced Pensioner fees for all season passes and single entries. A full list of fees can be found on the Council website.

Note: For those wanting to purchase season passes this year, they need to be purchased from the local pool – not onlineor in the Council Admin Building.