Cessnock in the spotlight at Senate Inquiry into decentralisation

Cessnock City Council will speak at the Senate Inquiry into the decentralisation of Government offices to regional locations and make a case for Cessnock as a preferred option.
Cessnock City Council will speak at the Senate Inquiry into the decentralisation of Government offices to regional locations and make a case for Cessnock as a preferred option.  

The invitation to address the Senate Committee follows a Mayoral Minute in February urging the Federal Government to consider the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) for any relocations.  

Cessnock City Councillor, Mayor Bob Pynsent said if the Commonwealth is going to proceed with plans to relocate yet-to-be-identified departments and agencies to the regions he wants Cessnock on the list.   

“Cessnock and Kurri are perfectly positioned with our close proximity to Newcastle and Sydney”.  

 “However we are concerned the current criteria being used for possible relocations may rule out Cessnock as we are not within 10 kilometres of a university,” Cr Pynsent said.   

Mayor Pynsent said Cessnock City Council is one of four regional councils who have been asked to present.  

“This is a unique opportunity for Council to promote our local government area as a potential site for any government departments.

We are in a central location, perfectly positioned for growth and are spoilt with a fantastic lifestyle and affordable housing,” he said.  

Mayor Pynsent will present to the Senate’s Finance and Public Administration References Committee on the 19 May 2017.  
Cessnock City Council provided a submission in response to the Senate Inquiry, The Operation, Effectiveness and Consequences of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability, in March this year.