29 May 2019

This week marks the start of significant works in the Cessnock CBD, as Council works towards implementing the vision of the 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.  

Work on North Avenue and Keene Street to upgrade pedestrian facilities is nearly finished. The night works have now been completed. On Sunday night, works commenced under Stage 1.1 which is 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.   In the coming months detours will be in place as we progress the plans for the CBD. Council engaged businesses in preparation of the works and will continue to talk to businesses in the CBD as works are carried out. Council understands this will be a disruptive time and thanks everyone for their patience as we work towards a revitalised CBD. To keep up to date with the project visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/cessnock_construction.  

This week is National Reconciliation Week (NRW), a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To mark NRW, yesterday, we had free screening of the film ‘Connection to Country’ at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. It was wonderful to see so many young people at the screening, with support from our school communities. Council is also holding an event to pay our respect to local elders.  A priority for Council remains rolling out the actions under Council’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. To view the plan and the actions visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/Aboriginalandtorres#RAP.  

Residents are reminded there is still time to undertake a survey and tell Council what they think about the waste services Council provides. All the results will be used to prepare Council’s Waste Management Strategy 2020-2024. The survey is open until Friday 31 May. It is important we hear from lots of residents about their experiences and their needs. All residents can access the survey online or request as hardcopy from Council. For more information visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/wastesurvey.