M E S S A G E F R O M T H E M AY O R As Mayor of the Cessnock City, I would like to ensure our community is welcoming and friendly. I live in the Cessnock LGA because I love the sense of place and pride in community that is endemic to Cessnock. I am enormously proud to have seen Cessnock evolve from a series of coal mining villages into an exciting city at the center of the Hunter Valley. You may be familiar with our region’s renowned wine legacy and the legendary hospitality of our vineyards and resorts. We boast a rich hinterland of outstanding natural environment in our National Parks, State Forests and Conservation areas, all of which are naturally beautiful and untouched. The Council has prepared this guide to help you settle into our community and to showcase the range of resources and opportunities we have on our doorstep. I trust it will not take long for the new to become familiar, and for acquaintances to become friends, here in Cessnock City. There is a wonderful spirit of cooperation and a strong sense of community in Cessnock that I have not experienced elsewhere. It is an exciting time to be living in the Cessnock LGA, with the opening of the Hunter Expressway expanding our connections to major cities and services. As Mayor, I am committed to fostering an open and consultative council that will further facilitate the sustainable development of our City. Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent NEW RESIDENTS GUIDE 7