• 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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Our local flora

In nature, biodiversity values are highest in areas where native vegetation (plants) is in high condition (very good quality) and is well connected to other areas of vegetation (via corridors). Therefore connectivity and quality are the most important factors in improving our local plant (and animal) biodiversity.

Biodiversity is declining globally, and locally, with over 40 plants in the Cessnock LGA listed as threatened under NSW and Australian Government legislation. A range of threats affect these plant species including:

  • Change in land use, or poor management of land leading to degradation or fragmentation of habitat.
  • Invasion of weeds.
  • Inappropriate fire regimes.
  • Climate change impacts. 

Cessnock has a number of Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs), which are ‘a naturally occurring group of native plants, animals and other organisms living in a unique habitat’.

In the Cessnock LGA, we have some significantly important EECs to protect including:

  • Kurri Sand Swamp Woodland
  • Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Forest
  • Hunter Lowland Redgum Forest
  • Freshwater Wetlands on Coastal Floodplains
  • Quorrobolong Scribbly Gum Woodland
  • River-flat Eucalypt Frost on Coastal Floodplains
  • Lowland Rainforest.
  • Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest

To find out more information about these EECs and how you can assist, search the OEH Threatened Species Profiles, and Friends of Werakata National Park for more detailed information.


Weeds are a serious threat to our native vegetation and particularly our threatened species and EECs. To help identify, manage and prevent weeds on your property and your local area, some great information resources can be found through:

Support is available through a range of options from advice to funding for weed management locally..