Council has developed a concept plan for the beautification of Apex Park, located at the intersection of Wollombi and Allandale Road, Cessnock.
We have undertaken a site survey, community consultation and historical research to develop a draft Masterplan that re-envisions and naturalises the park, with a view for it to be transformed into an iconic, accessible gateway that attracts visitors and provides cultural connection in Cessnock.
We are seeking your feedback to help refine the design and ensure the plans align with community expectations.
Have your say
Give us your feedback on the Draft Apex Park Concept Masterplan by making a submission.
Any person may provide their feedback on the plan via written submission. All views expressed in written submissions will be considered by Council before a final decision is made.
How to make a submission
In order for your feedback to be considered, your written submission must be titled Draft Apex Park Concept Masterplan and be submitted to Council before 5pm on Monday 28 March.
Submissions should be addressed to The General Manager and can be submitted via:
Post: PO Box 152, Cessnock NSW 2325
In person: 62-78 Vincent Street, Cessnock NSW 2325
Why develop this site?
- To create an iconic gateway attraction our community will be proud of
- To naturalise and transform the concrete drainage channel
- To be visually stunning, day and night
- To be complementary to Cessnock Pool
- To serve as an accessible/all abilities park
- To provides cultural and historical connection to the site
What is the historical and cultural significance of Apex Park?
Investigation into the historical and cultural significance of Apex Park and Black Creek identified Black Creek as a gathering site and source of food and water for the Wonnarua people.
Upon settlement, the nearby coal seam provided a ready source of fuel for fires and a means to transport fire from one location to another. Red cedar and coal were highly valuable to early settlers, and were harvested and mined in large quantities.
Apex Park continued its role as a place to gather with the construction of Hotel Cessnock in 1908.
Who has been consulted and contracted?
Council has consulted with Cessnock Motor Group, Hotel Cessnock and Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council regarding the project and contracted Terras Landscape Architects and Royal Haskoning DHV to work on the design.
What will happen to parking?
Existing public parking and vehicle connectivity to Hotel Cessnock and Cessnock Toyota will be maintained.
What are the next steps?
When the 28 day public exhibition period ends, the project team will consider all of the feedback supplied in the submissions and refine the Draft Masterplan accordingly. The updated document will then come back to Council in May 2022 for adoption.