Our organisation

Cessnock City Council has a popularly elected Mayor, 12 dedicated Councillors and highly professional staff who are committed to delivering the best outcomes for our community.

Our General Manager, Ken Liddell, is supported by an Executive Leadership Team and over 400 employees.

Our organisation consists of four directorates: 

  • The General Manager’s Unit
  • Planning & Environment
  • Corporate & Community Services
  • Works & Infrastructure

What does Council do?

As a Council, we proudly deliver a wide variety of services and facilities to the community. Some of our responsibilities include:

  • waste management and recycling services
  • maintenance of parks, gardens, playgrounds and sporting fields
  • maintenance and construction of local roads, footpaths, cycle ways and bridges
  • cultural services including libraries and the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC)
  • animal management, including pet microchipping
  • building and development control
  • land use planning
  • food and public health
  • aquatic facilities
  • economic development
  • youth services

Our values

Our core values shape our corporate culture and guide us on how we interact with each other and provide the best outcomes for our community. 

We are open, honest and transparent. We build trust.

We treat people fairly and consistently. We respect others’ views, ideas and opinions.

We work as one to get the job done. We work together with our community.

We are committed to safety in all we do. We take ownership of our decisions and actions. We are accountable to our community.

We strive to do it once and do it right. We take pride in our work and strive for efficiency and innovation.

Our mission

Our mission is to provide excellent local government services to our community that  contribute towards the achievement of the community’s vision for the area.

Cessnock will be a cohesive and welcoming community living in an attractive and sustainable rural environment with a diversity of business and employment opportunities supported by accessible infrastructure and services which effectively meet community need.

Cessnock: thriving, attractive and welcoming.