• Draft Climate Change Policy to go on public exhibition
    In an effort to address the changing climate affecting the Cessnock Local Government Area, Council has developed a draft Climate Change Policy. The community are encouraged to provide feedback on the Policy during the public exhibition period. The draft Climate Change Policy will be on public exhibition from the 26 February until the 25 March 2020. 
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5 February 2020

Congratulations to all of the recipients at the recent Australia Day Awards. We awarded 20 awards to citizens who contribute greatly to our community. I would again like to acknowledge Melissa Gontier named Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year Edgar (Ted) Jackson and Young Citizen of the Year Chelsea Webb. Well done- each of you have made an outstanding contribution to our community.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Community Rebuilding Roundtable at Parliament House in Canberra. The focus of the roundtable was to come up with solutions for assisting businesses who have been significantly impacted by the bush fires across Australia. It was an opportunity for Council to advocate for our small businesses impacted by the bush fires and ensure they get their fair share of the funding on the table. It’s a priority the voices of our local business are heard loud and clear.

After engaging with our business community Council lodged a submission outlining a way forward that will have real outcomes for our local businesses. Council looks forward to continuing to work with the Federal Government, community representatives and other councils towards a collaborative solution to bolstering all businesses impacted by the bush fire crisis.

The Cessnock LGA is home to many trails, including informal trails located in the Hunter Valley Wine District, national parks and other natural areas. Currently residents have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Trails Strategy. The challenge to date has been that the trails are not formally mapped and their condition unknown. The draft Trails Strategy aims to rectify this by providing a vision for the trails network that is supported by a consistent policy framework to guide the development and management of our local trails. It’s on public exhibition until Friday 28 February 2020.To view the Strategy visit The document is also available at Council’s Administration Building, our local libraries and Branxton Post Office The Seniors Festival is only a few days away. Make sure you pick up a program from Council’s Customer Service Centre, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries and participating venues. The program is also available online at