As a region we're experiencing the lowest water levels in our dams in over two decades. Level 2 water restrictions apply to all properties connected to Hunter Water's water supply network in the Cessnock Local Government Area.
Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Dungog and small parts of Singleton.View a map of our area of operations
Factsheets and links from previous workshops can be found below.
Biodiversity Month (September) Talks:
- Maree McCarthy's list of useful local native plants including attracting birds, bees and butterflies; drought, frost and/or salt resistant; and bush tucker.
- Niki Buchan's Nature Play workshop notes and more information on her website.
Keeping and Caring for Bees
- Beginning in Bees 2 day course at Tocal
- Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association
- Bee Agskills Book (print or ebook available)
- Healthy Bees AgGuide (print or ebook available)
- Backyard Beekeeping Primefact
- Beekeeper Registration
Grow Food in your Garden or in a Box
Living with Less Chemicals - Detox you, your home & the kids
Are you interested in creating habitat for native animals in your backyard but don’t know where to start? Join the Habitat Stepping Stones program.
Discover ways to reduce your energy use and save on power bills on the NSW Governments Energy Saver website. You may also qualify for a NSW Appliance Replacement discount. Using appliances that are too large for your family size may be costing you more money than you need to pay. Remember to look for appliances with a high energy star rating and of an appropriate size for your family.
Mains water and sewage in the Cessnock local government area is provided by Hunter Water and any issues with these systems should be reported directly to Hunter Water. Council monitors any on-site sewage management systems, undertaking inspections of all systems within the Local Government Area
To find out the current water restriction level go to Hunter Waste. The Hunter Water website also has information on saving water. Look for the water rating label on all products to help you make informed choices about the water efficiency of products you are buying.
Greener vehicle buying
Hybrids and electric cars are emerging as viable alternatives to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. If you need to buy a car, check the green vehicle guide to compare the local air pollution and greenhouse emissions of vehicles. For more information on current electric car options, as well as a charging station map, see the Electric Vehicle Council.