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Cessnock to publicly thank those involved in LGA’s flood response

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Cessnock City Council is preparing to publicly thank all the service providers and emergency workers for their selfless efforts during the recent flooding.

Councillors showed their gratitude towards everyone who contributed to the July 2022 weather phenomenon response efforts via a Mayoral Minute at last Wednesday’s meeting.

Plans are now afoot to organise a community appreciation function at the Cessnock Leagues Club.

“The recent flood event, being the second natural disaster in just four months, has had a devastating impact on both residents of the LGA and the local road network,” Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal said.

“So, council made a point of acknowledging the service and commitment of our staff, NSW SES Units, VRA Rescue NSW, NSW Police, Cessnock Leagues Club and all emergency services for the work they did, and continue to do, to keep our community safe.”

Cr Suvaal said the organisations went “above and beyond” to help and support residents when they needed it most – and deserved recognition for their efforts.

“I have witnessed the tireless work of these people across our LGA for the past few weeks,” he stated.

“Many of them are volunteers who have given up time with their loved ones to assist others.

“We’re hoping to work with the Cessnock Leagues Club to coordinate a community appreciation event for all of them.”

Council also endorsed the proposed program of works to be funded via the $1 million Council Support Payments – NSW Severe Weather and Flood Grant – Category D, offered by the Office of Local Government after the March 2022 flood event.

The projects include relocating the Wollombi Valley Pony Clubhouse to higher ground ($70,000); upgrading the causeway on Yango Creek Road and Upper Yango Creek Road ($500,000); raising the Great North Road at Rhino Corner, Glenloona Road, Laguna ($250,000); and investigating and installing flood boom gates at Williams Bridge Paynes Crossing, Old North Road, Station Street Greta, Millfield and other locations ($180,000).

“This program of works was guided by the community following the flooding event in March,” Cr Suvaal said.

“It will provide tangible benefits to the communities who are regularly impacted by flooding.”

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