• 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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School Environment Programs

School Environment Grants

The grants for 2019-20 have been awarded and successful schools advised. Guidelines and the application form are available. Eligible past projects include:

  • vegetable, sensory, bush-tucker and native gardens, chicken coups, compost or worm-farms
  • native animals and birds habitat projects
  • waste reduction, energy or water saving projects
  • environmental competitions, excursions or teacher training   

dirtgirlworld’s get grubby program

Council has subscribed to the get grubby program for early childhood and early primary years – reaching into year 3.

The program focuses on the enrichment of the early learner and support for their educators around environmental sustainability.

It addresses and explores the key learning outcomes of the National Quality framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. 

To find out more email

Plants for National Tree Day

Council provides schools and preschool with native plants for National Tree Day held on the last Friday of July each year. 

Threatened Species Teachers Resource Kit

This online kit promotes awareness of threatened species in the Lower Hunter. It promotes experiential learning through field work and other research such as surveying, mapping and computer activities. 

Waste Ops - Film contest for Year 7 & 8 (not currently available)

In 2018 Cessnock and Maitland Councils offered Year 7 & 8 students the chance to take part in a short film contest. It was a way to engage students, spark their imagination and creativity, and improve their persuasive writing skills. Stage 2 and Stage 3 Geography Teacher Resource Kits have been developed based on Kurri Kurri High Schools winning 2017 video 'Cut the Plastic' which focused on single use plastic bags.


For more resources, events and contacts also see the NSW Governments Sustainable Schools website.

If you have any questions please contact one of Council's Sustainability Officers on 4993 4100 or e-mail