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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.

Current Works 

On Sunday 5 May 2019 works commenced on North Avenue and Keene Street to upgrade pedestrian facilities. Crews will undertake night works to limit disruption to traffic and pedestrians. 

Road Closure: North Avenue will be closed during the night works that are expected to take two weeks. A road closure will be in place from 7pm to 5am on Monday to Saturday and from 7pm to 4am on Sundays.  

Click here to view road closure plan.

Works are underway with the installation of the Cumberland Street pedestrian refuge to improve pedestrian access connecting the CBD to Bridges Hill Park.

 Upcoming Works

Later this month Council will commence more works under Stage 1.1 which will include the upgrade of Cooper and Charlton Streets. Stage 1.1 will include road pavement improvement featuring a raised threshold treatment, underground drainage works, new pavers, installation of planter boxes, street trees and provision of bench seating. Works also include the reinstallation of a roundabout and associated signs and line markings.

Click here to see a map of Stage 1.1 works.


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 Under Construction  Pedestrian Refuge 
Apr 2019
Temporary road closures.  Community Newsletter
3. Upgrade Bridges Hill Park Playground
Under Construction Bridges Hill Community Updates
4. Install Bike Park Vincent Street  Constructed   
5. Upgrade of Cooper and Charlton Street   Cooper and Charlton Streets  Design Complete 
May-July 2019

Temporary road closures.

Plan of works 

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

Temporary road closures.

Plan of works

6. Connection of Charlton Street South between Hall and Aberdare Road Vincent Street  Design Complete   
7. Pedestrian link from CBD to Wollombi Road Charlton Street Design in Progress   
8. Upgrade Vincent Street laneways Vincent Street Design in Progress   
9. Create Link over Drainage Channel (to Cessnock Marketplace) Charlton Street Design in Progress