• eSmart workshop for parents
      Local parents are invited to attend a free eSmart workshop from 5.30-6.30pm on Wednesday 30 May at Cessnock Library which will provide an insight into the online worlds of young people.
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Schools Environment Programs


School Environment Grants

The grants for 2017-18 have closed and been distributed. Grants are offered once a year and information is distributed in to schools in Term 3.

Projects eligible for funding 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   

Waste Ops - Film contest for Year 7 and 8

Cessnock and Maitland Councils are offering Year 7 and 8 students the chance to take part in an exciting short film contest in 2018!

It’s a great way to engage your students, spark their imagination and creativity and improve their persuasive writing skills. 

To find out more visit


dirtgirlworld’s get grubby program

Council has subscribed to the get grubby program for early education centres.

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



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.

Visit the online Threatened Species Kit.  

Plants for National Tree Day

Council provides schools and preschool with native plants for National Tree Day. 

An expression of interest form will be sent to schools and preschools in Term 2.

Past Newsletters 


Term 1,  2017 Environment Newsletter


Term 1, 2016 Teachers Environment Newsletter 

Term 2, 2016 Teachers Environment Newsletter


Term 1, 2015 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 2, 2015 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 3, 2015 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 4, 2015 Teachers Environment Newsletter


Term 1, 2014 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 2, 2014 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 3, 2014 Teachers Environment Newsletter