Sustainable living

Sustainable communities - Tidy Towns

The Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns program was developed through Keep Australia Beautiful. Since 1981, the Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns program has been rewarding and recognising projects around litter, waste management, recycling, heritage, community spirit and other environmental areas in towns both large and small across the breadth of NSW.

Council supports six registered Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Committees:

The committees are a community group of volunteers assisting Council to improve public spaces and natural areas. Some of the activities they are involved in include:

  • bush regeneration
  • Improving the image of our towns (litter collection, park upgrades, etc.)
  • heritage conservation and promotion

If you would like to be involved, please fill in our survey and someone will be in touch with you.


Native gardens

Are you interested in creating habitat for native animals in your backyard but don’t know where to start? Join the Habitat Stepping Stones program.


Electricity

Discover ways to reduce your energy use and save on power bills on the NSW Governments Energy Saver website.

If you are thinking of going solar, check out SunSPOT. SunSPOT provides a secure online tool that analyses your roof space and power bills to tell you how much you can save through installing solar or solar + batteries.

You may also qualify for a NSW Empowering Homes solar battery loan offer. This offer helps homeowners in eligible postcodes access interest-free loans to install solar battery systems.

And if you are in the market for a new electrical appliance, remember to look out for appliances with a high energy star rating.


Water

Mains water and sewage in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) is provided by Hunter Water (Hunter Water) and any issues with these systems should be reported directly to Hunter Water.

The Hunter Water website also has information on saving water and a water usage calculator so you can identify where changes can be made to save water in and around your home.

Look for the water rating label on all products to help you make informed choices about the water efficiency of products you are buying.

Council monitors any on-site sewage management systems and is responsible for undertaking inspections of all systems within the LGA.


Greener vehicle buying

If you need to buy a car, check the green vehicle guide to compare the air pollution and greenhouse emissions of vehicles.

Hybrids and electric cars are emerging as viable alternatives to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. If you are considering a hybrid/electric vehicle, have a look at the Electric Vehicle Council website.

With more and more electric vehicles entering the market, charging stations are being installed all the time. You can keep up to date with where they are being installed via the Electric Vehicle Council map.

To encourage greater uptake of Electric Vehicles, the NSW Government is offering incentives through rebates and stamp duty exemptions. This will make purchasing an electric vehicle more affordable for motorists. 


Tree Giveaway

Council has yearly tree giveaways. Future tree giveaways will be advertised in the events section of the website and on Council's Facebook and social media pages.


Love Food, Hate Waste

Did you know the average NSW household throws away $77 worth of edible food every week? Discover how making small changes can save you money and time, while reducing the amount of food you throw away: 

  • we cook too much food without considering portions for the number of people or family members.  Check out this Perfect Portions video for some tips.

  • food passes the use-by / best-before date.

  • we forget about leftovers in the fridge / freezer or we don’t know how to use leftovers. Download the Love your Leftovers App to assist your planning. 

  • we buy too much because we don’t stick to a shopping list or we don’t check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping.

  • we’re not planning our meals and menus as much as we could. This meal planning video will help you get started.


Keeping & caring for bees

Interested in trying your hand at bee keeping? Check out the following useful resources: