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    Cessnock City Council is calling on local businesses to take part in a brainstorming workshop to discuss how Cessnock’s biodiversity can be used to market our area and broaden activities available to visitors.
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Schools Environment Programs

School Environment Grants

The grants for 2019-20 are currently open till 6 September 2019. Guidelines and the application form are available. Schools will be advised of the success of their application in Term 4, 2019. Eligible 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   

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 at 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.

To find out more and view past entries visit

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. 




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.