Within the Cessnock Local Government area there is the Pokolbin Parish, and five active Chambers of Commerce, including Cessnock, Lovedale, Wollombi, Branxton Greta, Kurri Kurri & District, as well as the Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Chamber. Sustainable Cessnock is a collaboration between Cessnock City Council and Cessnock Chamber of Commerce, to initiate Mainstreet activity in Cessnock CBD. Cessnock City Council is a keen advocate for business networking, and support the individual activities of each chamber. For more information please contact Council's Economic Development Manager, (02) 4993 4257.
The Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre is located at Kurri Kurri. The Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre provides support for business start-ups, skills development, mentoring, business planning, accounts and legal support, as well as aboriginal employment assistance. the Hunter Region BEC host skills workshops, seminars and networking events throughout the year. For more information Freecall 1300 304 794.
Strong ties are maintained with the Newcastle office of the NSW Department of State and Regional Development and the Hunter Economic Development Corporation. Cessnock City Council is a member of Hunter Councils, and of the Hunter Business Chamber.
The answer is simple - anything you want! At Cessnock there are a wide range of opportunities to become a champion for your community and for your passion. The things you could achieve cover a wide range of community involvement. Here are some examples, great and small, that volunteers do:
Anything you can do is important. The best way to find something that works for you is to talk to a member of Council Staff, a member of Towns With Heart or the Hunter Valley Business Enterprise Centre. Our staff have a sound understanding of strategic local and regional issues and are also involved with numerous tourism and development related initiatives to assist you in identifying where best you can make a difference. After just a few minutes we'll think of something - trust us!
Most of the project work you are involved with will more than likely be a subcommittee of the project that you have chosen to assist. In most cases, you'll report to the Chairperson of the committee or subcommittee you are working on with any progress or questions. If you have not been told, the first question you should ask is "Who do I check in with?"
Staff are responsible for either the day-to-day operation or in some cases represent Council on the Management Committee of a number of the specific projects and you may end up interacting with them a great deal. You can always ask a member of staff for help and information but remember our staff members usually have a lot of pots boiling and may refer you to an appropriate committee.
Here are some basic guidelines to follow:
Tracking the hours you work is important for demonstrating the commitment of our volunteers. Corporate contributors, new business prospects and various Government agencies are all interested to know how much the community invests back into the area. Volunteer hours are one of the best measures of our success.
Activity: Bought table decoration for Mural Dinner and left at Towns with Heart Office
Time: 1.5 hours
Thank you for taking the time to consider joining a project, subcommittee or assisting other service clubs thereby working to make our community a better place. Your work with us will pay dividends now and in the future.