Cessnock City Council is fostering economic growth in our region by forming strategic partnerships and developing joint projects with local business. We actively source funding for economic development through all levels of government, business organisations and associations, and industry.
We undertake, encourage and participate in various economic development and tourism projects.
Business is well supported in Cessnock with the Pokolbin Parish, five active Chambers of Commerce, including Cessnock, Lovedale, Wollombi, Branxton Greta, Kurri Kurri & District, as well as the Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Chamber. For more information on your local Chambers of Commerce please contact Council's Economic Development Manager (02) 4993 4257.
Council works closely with the Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) and Business Incubator located at Kurri Kurri. The Hunter Region BEC provides support for business start-ups, skills development, business planning, as well as aboriginal employment assistance. The Hunter Region BEC provides services to new and existing businesses, including mentoring, planning support, loans and banking information, legal and accounting services, leasing and compliance advice, staff training programs, and a referral service. It also oversees the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), an Australian Government incentive as part of the Job Network to provide a comprehensive package of assistance to help eligible unemployed people start their own business.
There is also a visitor information centre in Kurri Kurri, staffed by the volunteers of Towns with Heart who also coordinate Kurri Kurri’s murals and Nostalgia Festival. Towns With Heart were awarded first place in the NSW Department of Primary Industries Community of the Year Award in 2012.
Business support at the regional level is coordinated through strong working relationships with the NSW Department of State and Regional Development and the Hunter Economic Development Corporation. Cessnock City Council is also a member of Hunter Councils.
Sustainable Cessnock is a collaboration between Cessnock City Council and Cessnock Chamber of Commerce, to initiate Mainstreet activity in Cessnock CBD.
Both these projects were initiated in an effort to boost local employment and enhance pride in the community. They showcase community business groups and Council working together on a range of initiatives.
Council provides funding to employ a Town Coordinator for Kurri Kurri and Cessnock. For more information on Sustainable Cessnock and Towns with Hearts Inc please contact Council's Economic Development Manager on 4993 4257.
Cessnock City Council has a long standing strategic relationship with the Convict Trail Project Inc. The Convict Trail Project Inc. take responsibility for the conservation, management and promotion of the Great North Road. This strategic partnership is one which links our heritage to the potential of tourism and economic outcomes that positive interpretation can bring. Our partnership has also resulted in an innovative interpretation project for GPS-Activated in car Touring Guides for