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Sustainability Programs


The Cessnock region contains a very diverse range of plant and animal species, which live in a range of distinctive communities and ecosystems – just like we do! Our local biodiversity is significant for a range of reasons both locally within the Hunter Valley, but also of NSW and national importance.   The Hunter Valley, including Cessnock, is recognised as being at the intersection of a number of bioregions, where ecosystems from the coast, the inland and the north and south of NSW all meet.   

To celebrate Biodiversity Month this September (and spilling over into October), council is holding a number of events including Tuesday evening talks at Cessnock Library and a school holiday walk and talk in Werakata National Park. All these events are FREE but bookings are essential by calling Cessnock Library on 4993 4399 to reserve your place.

5.30-6.45 pm Tuesdays at Cessnock Library:

5 September  Gardening with local native plants

Discover plants that are local to our area and where they will thrive to recreated native habitat including bush tucker species.

12 September  Planting for Pollinators

Build your knowledge on local species to attract birds, bees and butterflies to enhance your habitat and vegetable gardens.

19 September Encouraging frogs and insects

Build your knowledge on key components required to maximise opportunities for frogs, dragonflies and other beneficial critters.

26 September Nature play - get our kids outside & learning

Come and hear from Niki Buchan, author of the best selling 'Children in Wild Nature: A practical guide to nature-based practice’. Niki has worked internationally with young children in very naturalistic, sensorial and experiential environments for 33 years. She is considered the 'guru' of Nature-based Education as well as Managing Risk in a Play based environment in Australia and the UK. More information is available on Niki's website.

3 October What weed is that?

Learn to recognise some of the common weeds in the LGA, and methods of treatment & control, to improve local biodiversity and support our bushland.

8-11.00 am Thursday 5 October at Kearsley Community Hall

Hear from Birdlife Australia’s Mick Roderick on why Cessnock is a key location for habitat and survival of many threatened woodland bird species, and how we can help to support these populations. The talk will be followed by a walk in Werakata National Park to look for and identify some local birds. Bring your boots & binoculars!


Past Sustainable Living Workshop Factsheets and Links

Factsheets and links from previous workshops can be found below.  

 Keeping and Caring for Bees

Grow Food in your Garden or in a Box

Living with Less Chemicals - Detox you, your home & the kids

Sustainability Snapshots Program

Sustainability Snapshots was a unique community project providing the general public with simple ideas and information on how we can reduce our impact on the environment, live more sustainably, and save money

A series of leaflets were developed to complement the Snapshot poster sets and are intended to provide interested people with more detailed information and hints on the four themes:

The Snapshots project was an initiative of the Hunter Waste Educators Group with funding support from Department Environment and Conservation (Sustainable Programs). In addition to the Lower Hunter councils of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, and Port Stephens, Snapshots was also supported by Hunter Resource Recovery, Energy Australia and Hunter Water Corporation. 

Other Programs

Tree Giveaway

Have you purchased or built a new home during the 2016/2017 financial year? Did you know you can get up to eight free plants for your property from Cessnock City Council?

There is a range of trees and shrubs available from ground covers like Creeping Boobalia through to shrubs including Murraya, Bottlebrush and Grevillea, which can reach three metres in height.

Application forms are available here.

Love Food Hate Waste

Did you know more than 800,000 tonnes of food is thrown away by NSW household each year. And by wasting food the average NSW household throws away $1,036 a year. How does your household measure up? Research shows we waste food in our homes because:

  • we cook too much food. 
  • food passes the use-by/best-before date. 
  • we forget about leftovers in the fridge/ freezer. 
  • we don’t know how to use leftovers. 
  • we buy too much because we don’t stick to a shopping list. 
  • we don’t check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping. 
  • we’re not planning our meals and menus as much as we could. 
  • family members changing plans. 
  • not following the recipe correctly. 
  • buying takeaways at the last minute.

Love Food Hate Waste is about providing you with practical tips and tools you can use every day like planning your meals, preparing a shopping list, and learning how to best store your food. Join the Love Food Hate Waste program

Tidy Towns

Council supports this national program and has 14 registered Tidy Town committees across the LGA. Over the years numerous projects from various groups have received awards at state level. Council also supports representation at the annual awards hosted by the overall winner from the previous year.

Tidy Towns Factsheet 

Schools Environment Program

Rural Residential Living Guide