Cessnock Liberals ask for answers

The Liberals for Cessnock team have called on the Mayor of Cessnock, Councillor Bob Pynsent and Greens Councillor James Ryan to explain to voters why they disregarded the wishes of the local community when approving the construction of a mosque and funeral home in the rural area of Buchanan earlier this year.

Advertising material recently delivered to homes in Ward B on behalf of Cr Pynsent’s team stated: “We’re here to listen to your ideas and your concerns” ahead of the Cessnock City Council elections on Saturday, September 10.

However, Liberal for Cessnock Ward D and Mayoral candidate, Councillor Rod Doherty, said the Labor Party’s and the Greens’ stand was an insult to the hundreds of residents across the Cessnock region that had expressed grave concerns about the size of the development and the resulting impact on the community.

“The Labor Party are embarking on a series of meet-and-greets, which end up meaning nothing if you don’t take notice of what the community is saying to you,” Cr Doherty said.

“The Greens disgraceful exhibition at the council meeting on the 20th of July exposed their blatant disregard for appropriate planning approvals in the Cessnock LGA by approving a development that will create no jobs and add no economic benefit for the Cessnock community.

“Residents right across the Cessnock local government area made it clear that they believed the development at Buchanan was inappropriate and poorly-planned.

“Instead of standing up for the community, six councillors including Labor members, an independent and a Green took the easy option and went along with the Council’s recommendation.

“All councillors need to remember that they are elected to represent the community. They need to only support good planning decisions and not simply agree with everything put in front of them by Council’.

Cr Doherty was one four councillors  to vote against the mosque application said the hundreds of submissions against the development had galvanised his decision to run for Mayor.

“Councillors and political parties that take their constituents for granted deserve to feel the wrath of the community at election time,” he said.

“Mayor Pynsent, his Labor team and Greens candidates can’t ignore the community on a major issue and then pretend it didn’t happen”.

 

For additional comment, please contact Rod Doherty (0409 448 191) or Bryce Gibson (0422 277 668)

Kurri Kurri CBD Master plans

Kurri Kurri CBD Master Plan slow to take shape.
Back in 2010 the Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber established a bi partisan committee called the
KK 2030 committee to advance the district. It was at this time that Cessnock Council ripped out the trees in the centre of Kurri Kurri CBD and held a public meeting to discuss new trees and a CBD Master Plan.
A petition was delivered by Councillor Graham Smith to council in June 2010 asking for a CBD Master Plan. It was promised based on council winning a grant for Kurri Kurri, Cessnock and Branxton.
Subsequently the grant was not forthcoming. In the meantime council went ahead with a Master Plan for Cessnock CBD and the Kurri Kurri one dropped off the radar.
In 2011, 50 University of NSW 3rd year Town Planning students did a complete makeover of the Kurri Kurri district and came up with excellent ideas for council to consider. The previous council ignored their studies worth around $150,000 in-kind.
Our Kurri Kurri Business chamber lobbied for 5 years for a CBD Master Plan to be completed without success.
At the beginning of 2016, council engaged consultants to investigate Cessnock Council land uses and come up with an overall plan for industry, rural lands and residential lands and would include a specific study of the Kurri Kurri district including a CBD Master plan. We were led to believe that the consultants would be doing the CBD Master Plan but subsequent meetings with council staff confirmed that council staff was going to do the CBD Master Plan in house and we were guaranteed that we would see it this side of Christmas.
The Barton Street footpath issue was part of the proposed CBD Master Plan study with all foot paths to be rebuilt using one style of finish, but with no Master Plan the Barton Street footpath continued to deteriorate and cause possible pedestrian accidents.
The resultant tar sealing cover over the existing footpath is a stop gap measure until after the CBD Master Plan is approved.
Even when the master plan is complete there is still the issue of finance and works being undertaken for improvements to the CBD infrastructure.

Liberals for Cessnock demand answers from Labor and Greens on Buchanan development

The Liberals for Cessnock team have called on the Mayor of Cessnock, Councillor Bob Pynsent and Greens Councillor James Ryan to explain to voters why they disregarded the wishes of the local community when approving the construction of a mosque and funeral home in the rural area of Buchanan earlier this year.

Advertising material recently delivered to homes in Ward B on behalf of Cr Pynsent’s team stated: “We’re here to listen to your ideas and your concerns” ahead of the Cessnock City Council elections on Saturday, September 10.

However, Liberal for Cessnock Ward D and Mayoral candidate, Councillor Rod Doherty, said the Labor Party’s and the Greens’ stand was an insult to the hundreds of residents across the Cessnock region that had expressed grave concerns about the size of the development and the resulting impact on the community.

“The Labor Party are embarking on a series of meet-and-greets, which end up meaning nothing if you don’t take notice of what the community is saying to you,” Cr Doherty said.

“The Greens disgraceful exhibition at the council meeting on the 20th of July exposed their blatant disregard for appropriate planning approvals in the Cessnock LGA by approving a development that will create no jobs and add no economic benefit for the Cessnock community.

“Residents right across the Cessnock local government area made it clear that they believed the development at Buchanan was inappropriate and poorly-planned.

“Instead of standing up for the community, six councillors including Labor members, an independent and a Green took the easy option and went along with the Council’s recommendation.

“All councillors need to remember that they are elected to represent the community. They need to only support good planning decisions and not simply agree with everything put in front of them by Council’.

Cr Doherty was one four councillors  to vote against the mosque application said the hundreds of submissions against the development had galvanised his decision to run for Mayor.

“Councillors and political parties that take their constituents for granted deserve to feel the wrath of the community at election time,” he said.

“Mayor Pynsent, his Labor team and Greens candidates can’t ignore the community on a major issue and then pretend it didn’t happen”.

 

For additional comment, please contact Rod Doherty (0409 448 191) or Bryce Gibson (0422 277 668)

CESSNOCK COUNCIL RACE FOR MAYOR IS ON

Mayoral candidate for Cessnock City Council, Councillor Rod Doherty, today announced the 12 candidates pre-selected to contest elections for the four Wards on Saturday, September 10.

Liberal Party candidates in Ward A are Paul Dunn, Karen Jackson and Robyn Strengers; representatives in Ward B are Jacqui LaFrance, Michael Gane and John McKendry; candidates in Ward C are John Fagg, Paul Monforte and Harry Slade; with Cr Doherty heading the group in Ward D also consisting of Carol Doherty and Maureen King.

Cr Doherty said he was pleased with the passion and diversity of the Liberal Party team.
“Our candidates represent the many and varied thoughts and aspirations of the community,” he said.
“Cessnock has boundless opportunities that need to be tapped and promoted. We are a growing city with all of the pains and expectations that go with growth.
“Appropriate planning, community involvement and listening is paramount to good leadership and we will consider all input from residents.
“I am passionate about the future of this community from job creation through to personal safety.
“With strong leadership from our team we will see our community prosper.”

Rod to stand for Mayor

Liberals embrace concerns and aspirations of residents
Mayoral candidate for Cessnock City Council, Councillor Rod Doherty, today announced the 12 candidates pre-selected to contest elections for the four Wards on Saturday, September 10.
Liberal Party candidates in Ward A are Paul Dunn, Karen Jackson and Robyn Strengers; representatives in Ward B are Jacqui LaFrance, Michael Gane and John McKendry; candidates in Ward C are John Fagg, Paul Monforte and Harry Slade; with Cr Doherty heading the group in Ward D also consisting of Carol Doherty and Maureen King.
Cr Doherty said he was pleased with the passion and diversity of the Liberal team.
“Our candidates represent the many and varied thoughts and aspirations of the community,” he said.
“Cessnock has boundless opportunities that need to be tapped and promoted. We are a growing city with all of the pains and expectations that go with growth.
“Appropriate planning, community involvement and listening is paramount to good leadership and we will consider all input from residents.
“I am passionate about the future of this community from job creation through to personal safety.
With strong leadership from our team we will see our community prosper.”
For more information or additional comment, please contact Bryce Gibson 0422 227 668 or Rod Doherty 0409 448 191

2016 Cessnock Council Elections

Rod Doherty is a current serving Councillor and has served the Cessnock community for 4 years representing Ward D and the wider Cessnock electorate.
Rod’s reason for standing in 2012 was that Cessnock residents needed a strong practical community voice on council.
Rod grew up in the Hunter moving to Kurri Kurri in 1971 to work as a NSW Ambulance Officer at Maitland, Cessnock, Dungog and relief Ambulance Officer at the Kurri Kurri Ambulance Station.
In 1981 Rod joined the Alcan Smelter at Kurri Kurri as an Employment Officer and Community Relations Officer where he worked for 18 years.
During his time with Alcan he joined the board of the newly established Cessnock Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) in 1992, to eventually become the Hunter Region BEC.
In 1988 he became involved with the Kurri Kurri Tidy Town movement and business activities of the Kurri Kurri community in which he has been involved to this day.
Rod managed the Hunter Region BEC in Kurri Kurri for 10 years assisting hundreds of would be small business people to establish their own business.
Rod has been President of the Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber, currently a Cessnock City Councilor elected in 2012 and a member of the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri
Rod is committed to seeing the Cessnock Local Government area prosper.
Rod has a keen interest in seeing economic development activities achieved, and providing much needed employment opportunities for the Cessnock area.