What's On

Cessnock Under Construction

Cessnock City Council is taking the first step towards our vision for a new and improved Cessnock CBD. Council is undertaking works which will deliver a staged implementation of Cessnock CBD Master Plan and subsequent Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project.

This project proposes to enhance Cessnock CBD as an attractive place to visit, with features that appeal to visitors and locals alike. These include thriving retail opportunities, easy access to car parking and well connected, visually appealing public spaces. The new CBD will feature interpretive signage, cycling opportunities and improve pedestrian accessibility. 

View a timeline of the project here including the background and history of the project.

Planned works to the Cessnock CBD will inevitably cause disruptions to both pedestrians and local businesses. Council is committed to keeping the community up to date throughout the project and thanks the community for their patience during the works.

The project is funded by grants from:

  • The Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund
  • NSW Governments Restart NSW – Resources for Regions program.

The grants are matched by funds from Council’s Capital Works Program.

If you're a business owner and want to know more visit Advance Cessnock.

Completion of Works - Shared Zone

Works have now been completed in the Cessnock CBD. A 10 km/h Shared Zone has been introduced along the paved section of Charlton Street, on each side of Cooper Street.

This is an excellent addition, as it will significantly improve pedestrian safety so that shoppers can move freely around the CBD. Drivers are reminded that a 10 km/h Shared Zone is a road where pedestrians and other vehicles share the road safely. Drivers are legally required to give way to all pedestrians and not exceed the 10km/h speed limit. It’s all about putting pedestrians first and slowing vehicles down in an area that has very high pedestrian activity.   

These works are part of Stage 1.1. Click here to see a map of Stage 1.1 works. 

Upcoming Works 6 February 2020

Council will undertake works starting 6 February 2020 in the Cessnock CBD- Cooper and Charlton Streets. The works include installation of additional bollards, speed cushions and paving rectification works.

During these works there will be unavoidable disruption to traffic. Traffic on Cooper and Charlton will be reduced to one lane with detours in place. The works are expected to take a week.

For more information on using the Shared Zone click here.


A number of projects are planned to achieve the vision set out under the Cessnock CBD Master Plan. These include the following: 

Project Location Status Traffic Management/ Community Update
1. CBD Wayfinding   Constructed  
2. Improve walking path access from CBD to Bridges Hill Park Cumberland Street Constructed
3. Upgrade Bridges Hill Park Playground
Under Construction Bridges Hill Community Updates
4. Install Bike Parking Vincent Street  Constructed   
5. Upgrade of Cooper and Charlton Street   Cooper and Charlton Streets  Constructed

Shared zones and roundabout now in operation.  Commenced installation of additional bollards in Charlton Street and speed cushions in Cooper Street.  Preparing for rectification of damaged pavers.  Traffic on Charlton and Cooper Streets will be reduced to one lane during construction with detours in place.  Works have been delayed due to inclement weather.

  North Avenue and Keene Street Under Construction Traffic Facilities 
Apr 2019 - Feb 2020

Plan of works  Lighting design in progress.

6. Connection of Charlton Street South between Hall Street and Aberdare Road Charlton Street (South) Constructed
7. Pedestrian link from CBD to Wollombi Road Charlton Street Design in Progress Mid 2020 Community Update
8. Upgrade Vincent Street laneways Vincent Street

Design in Progress Early

Disruption to pedestrian access.  Laneway Location Map
9. Create Link over Drainage Channel (to Cessnock Market Place) Charlton Street Design in Progress