• 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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Sewage and Septic Systems

The Cessnock Local Government Area currently has over 4,000 on-site sewage management systems. On-site systems are concentrated in areas not provided with a reticulated sewer system and include the localities of Abernethy, Allandale, Big Yengo, Bishops Bridge, Black Hill, Branxton, Brunkerville, Buchannan, Bucketty, Buttai, Cedar Creek, Cliftleigh, Ellalong, Four Mile Creek, Heddon Greta, Kearsley, Keinbah, Laguna, Lochinvar, Lovedale, Loxford, Millfield, Mount View, Mount Vincent, Mulbring, Neath, North Rothbury, Nulkaba, Paynes Crossing, Pelton, Pokolbin, Quorrobolong, Richmond Vale, Rothbury, Sawyers Gully, Stockrington, Sweetmans Creek and Wollombi.

The majority of the systems are septic tanks with either absorption trenches or evapo-transpiration areas or Aerated Wastewater Treatment Systems (AWTS). Other systems include pump to sewer, pump-outs (only in temporary or emergency circumstances) and worm farms.

Council monitors these on-site sewage management systems undertaking inspections of all systems within the Local Government Area; the frequency of these inspections is based on risk classification. Systems that are in areas with limited risk and are well managed may only receive one inspection every five years.

Owner's responsibility

As a septic system owner you are responsible for ensuring that your septic system is safe and working properly. A failing septic system is a health risk for your family and the community and may be causing harm to the environment.

Please refer to The Easy Septic Guide for more detailed information on how to manage your septic system safely.

The following topics are covered in this guide:-

  • Septic Safe
  • What you need to know
  • Checking your Septic System
  • Understanding Your Septic System
  • How to Maintain a Healthy System – 17 Easy Tips
  • The Septic Shopping Guide
  • Background Information


If you are connected to the reticulated water and/or sewer systems of Hunter Water Corporation and have any questions about these systems all enquires should be directed to Hunter Water Corporation’s customer service personnel by telephoning 1300 657 657.

Council's Environmental Officers can be contacted on 4993 4100.


Lifting the Lid

On-Site Sewage Management Education Campaign