About Our Region
Cessnock Local Government Area (Cessnock City) covers approximately 1,950 square kilometres within the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, approximately 120 kilometres north of Sydney and 40 kilometres west of Newcastle.
While mining was the principal industrial base and source of employment in the Cessnock area for the first half of this century, changes to the mining industry, including automation and the introduction of sophisticated computerised equipment, led to the closure of the vast majority of mines in the area.
Cessnock’s towns and villages are now sustained by a diverse business environment with a backdrop of wine and tourism. The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine producing regions with around 4,500 acres under vine .The vineyards of Pokolbin, Mount View and Allandale, with their rich volcanic soils tended by entrepreneurial vignerons, are the focus of a thriving tourism industry.
Wine tourism is worth an estimated $521 million and supports nearly 3000 jobs while the wine industry employs over 7000. The flow on effect of tourism is estimated at $227 million.
This has created opportunities for other attractions, such as the historic Marthaville Arts and Crafts Centre, Wollombi Village, the Richmond Main Mining Museum and the Richmond Vale Railway.
There is a diversity of economic activities, with mining, manufacturing, construction, wine and tourism supported by emerging cultural activities and innovation. There is also substantial investment in poultry farming, chicken meat and egg production, timber milling, dairy and beef farming.
Support infrastructure across the City includes two hospitals, community health services, a range of childcare options, and aged care as well as numerous other community support services. Each of the City’s towns and villages (which are linked by large expanses of natural vegetation) provide high quality sporting facilities and parks.
Close to major roads, including the M1 and the Hunter Expressway, Cessnock is well situated for access into the Port of Newcastle and the Newcastle Airport. The New England Highway connects trading routes to Brisbane.
Cessnock’s natural environment has large expanses of untouched natural scenery bounded by National Parks and State Forests. The rural landscape is also dominant, with uninterrupted grazing and pastoral lands. There are many fine heritage structures and an emerging cultural precinct, with the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and Cessnock Regional Art Gallery centrally located.