• 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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What's On

8 January 2020

Happy New Year to all in the Cessnock Local Government Area. I hope that you had a safe holiday period as NSW and Victoria are still in the grips of unprecedented bush fires. I know we have people in our own community who were significantly impacted by bush fires in December and my thoughts are with them during the aftermath. Residents are encouraged to pick up the phone and seek support. The NSW Disaster Recovery Newsletter aims to support you or anyone you know affected by the fires in Hunter, Greater Sydney and South Eastern NSW regions. This newsletter has relevant and helpful information for those impacted. You can access the most up to date newsletter here  

If your potable water has been used by a fire fighting agency to fight the fire, you may be eligible to have it replaced. This assistance is for residential properties in rural areas. Call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. In an effort to provide assistance to residents who have suffered damage to their property as a result of the recent bush fires, Council has waived the fees to dispose of bush fire generated waste. Residents in the bush fire affected suburbs of North Rothbury, Greta, Pelaw Main, Buchanan, Bucketty, Wollombi, Laguna, Paynes Crossing, Sweetmans Crossing, Congewai and Millfield are encouraged to bring their bush fire generated waste to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre by 31 January 2020.  

Remember, all of us need to be aware of the conditions and have a Bush Fire Survival Plan ready. To find out more visit

The dry, harsh conditions are expected to continue and as a result our Level 1 water restrictions will be escalated to Level 2 water restrictions as of 20 January 2020. This comes as our region experiences the lowest water levels in our dams in more than two decades. All of us can do our bit to reduce water consumption which can make a big difference to our future supply. To find out more about water restrictions visit

Council is now preparing for the upcoming Australia Day 2020 celebrations. We have a variety of free family friendly activities planned. The celebrations kick off with a screening of Muriel’s Wedding at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) on Friday 24 January. On Australia Day Council is holding the official celebrations at CPAC for the first time. This will commence at 10am and is expected to finish around 12noon. This will involve an Australian Citizenship Ceremony and the Australia Day Awards. Residents will be able to grab a bite to eat with a free BBQ breakfast on offer from 8am to 10am. The Mayor’s Cup Twenty20 Cricket Match is on again at East End Oval and those looking to cool down can head to the Cessnock and Branxton Pools for FREE between 10am and 4pm. Remember, all of our events are strictly alcohol free. For more information visit

The generosity displayed at our local Christmas Day Lunch was wonderful. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who assisted and to the organising committee. It was a great event that wouldn’t go ahead without community support, including the support of Shane Herring and Julie Kay.