Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation Program

  • Project typeCBD upgrade
  • Project scheduleStage 1.1 works commenced in 2019
Image of a construction sign and traffic cone

The vision for the CBD includes thriving retail opportunities, easy access to car parking and well connected, visually appealing public spaces. The new CBD will feature wayfinding signage, cycling opportunities and pedestrian friendly accesses.

You can view the background and history of the project on a timeline(PDF, 124KB).

The project is funded through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and NSW Governments Restart NSW– Resources for Regions Program. The grants are matched by funds from Council’s Capital Works Program.

The Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation Program comprises a number of sub-projects. Stage 1.1 is the first part of a long term project that will transform our CBD.

Stage 1.1 works




CBD wayfinding



Improve walking path access from CBD to Bridges Hill Park

Cumberland Street


Upgrade Bridges Hill Park playground

Under construction

Install bike parking

Vincent Street


Upgrade of Cooper and Charlton Street

Cooper and Charlton Streets


Traffic facilities

North Avenue and Keene Street


Connection of Charlton Street South between Hall Street and Aberdare Road

Charlton Street South


Pedestrian link from CBD to Wollombi Road

Charlton Street

Construction in progress
(complete by end August 2020)

Upgrade to Vincent Street laneways

Vincent Street


Create link over Drainage channel (to Cessnock Market Place)

Charlton Street

Construction in progress (complete by end August 2020)


Current works

December 2020 update

Investigations are underway to identify the cause of and rectify approximately 120 cracked pavers in the Cessnock CBD shared zone. Council will inform the community once a resolution has been identified and when rectification works will take place. It is likely the works will occur following the busy Christmas period to ensure minimal disruption to businesses and residents. 

 The safety of the pavement has been assessed and, while safe for vehicles and pedestrians, hazard signage has been installed to inform all road users. 

Council acknowledges that these repair works will cause more disruption in the CBD and thanks the community for their patience. 

August 2020 update

Works have continued to south of Black Creek channel to formalise pedestrian access from the shared zone in Charlton Street to the pedestrian bridge over the channel. Council is in communication with the landowner of the private carpark adjacent to the Cinema complex to adjust the parking arrangement to suit the new pathway.

Image of carpark upgrade August 2020

March 2020 update
Tree installation on Charlton Street is now complete.

Works have commenced to formalise pedestrian access from the pedestrian bridge to Wollombi Road (map of location below). There will be minor traffic disruptions between March and June 2020, including the loss of around 10 car spaces during works. 

Map of location of new pedestrian bridge to Wollombi Road

Upgrade works for the car park at 209 Wollombi Road, Cessnock (behind the IGA) are also underway. Minor traffic disruptions should be expected between March and June 2020. 

Works have commenced to upgrade  Laneway 3 and Laneway 2 (map below) in Vincent Street. Pedestrian access will be disrupted between March and June 2020. 

Map of upgrade works on Vincent St laneways

Shared zone

A 10 km/h shared zone has been introduced along the paved section of Charlton Street, on each side of Cooper Street.

Drivers are reminded that a 10 km/h shared zone is a road where pedestrians and other vehicles share the road safely. Drivers are legally required to give way to all pedestrians and not exceed the 10km/h speed limit.

It’s all about putting pedestrians first and slowing vehicles down in an area that has very high pedestrian activity. 

Using the Cessnock CBD shared zone(PDF, 5MB)

Resources for businesses

Advance Cessnock City offers regular updates for local businesses during the Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project works. 

If you're a business owner and want to be included in works dedicated correspondence from the Economic Development team, visit Advance Cessnock City.