Sustainable living

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.


Discover ways to reduce your energy use and save on power bills on the NSW Governments Energy Saver website. You may also qualify for a NSW Appliance Replacement discount. Using appliances that are too large for your family size may be costing you more money than you need to pay.

Remember to look for appliances with a high energy star rating.


Mains water and sewage in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) is provided by 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 the current water restriction level.  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

Hybrids and electric cars are emerging as viable alternatives to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. If you need to buy a car, check the green vehicle guide to compare the local air pollution and greenhouse emissions of vehicles.

For more information on current electric car options, as well as a charging station map, see the Electric Vehicle Council.

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.

Sustainable communities - Tidy Towns

Council supports this national program and has 11 registered Tidy Town committees across the LGA. For more information go to Keep Australia Beautiful NSW.

Keeping & caring for bees

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