NEW RESIDENTS GUIDE 3 W e l c o m e We get that moving to a new area can be a little overwhelming, so we hope this guide makes your transition to the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) a whole lot easier. Just 120 kilometres north of Sydney and 40 kilometres west of Newcastle, the Cessnock LGA covers 1,966 square kilometres within the beautiful Hunter Valley NSW. Our region is home to close to 56,762 residents and the towns and villages within it are sustained by a diverse business environment with a backdrop of our famous wine and tourism industry. The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine producing region with around 4,500 acres under vine and the wine tourism industry is worth an estimated $521 million. Close to major roads, including the M1 and the Hunter Expressway, Cessnock is well situated for access into the Port of Newcastle and the Newcastle Airport. Cessnock’s natural environment has large expanses of untouched natural scenery bounded by National Parks and State Forests. The rural landscape is dominant, with uninterrupted grazing and pastoral lands. We are home to many fine heritage structures and have an emerging cultural precinct, with the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and Cessnock Regional Art Gallery centrally located. Cessnock City is an area of great social, cultural and spiritual importance to the people of the Wonnarua Nation and neighbouring Nations of Awabakal and Darkinjung, and within the LGA boundaries there are many significant Aboriginal sites. We are a vibrant and growing region and always welcome new residents with a friendly smile.