Type of News

$10,000 Grants available for eligible businesses

Coming off the back of the Nation’s most devastating bushfire season and now the COVID-19 shutdown, thousands of small businesses across NSW are struggling to cope in these unprecedented times. Did you know that your small business may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000? The NSW Government will put $750 million…

Free listings for regional businesses in Christmas campaign

Businesses can list their details on the NSW Government’s Buy Regional hub in the lead up to the Christmas shopping rush.   The NSW Government this week launched a campaign to attract metro-shoppers to buy from the regions. The free online hub includes information to help local businesses create an online presence to sell direct…

Mandatory QR check-ins for businesses

From Monday 12 July 2021 the use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at all workplaces and retail businesses. Expanding the COVID check-in mandate will allow NSW Health contact tracers real-time access to QR code data from a greater number of venues including supermarkets, retail stores, gyms and offices. While many businesses…

New COVID Support Package for small businesses

The NSW Government has announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help small businesses and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions. The package includes grants of between $5000 and $10,000 for small businesses, payroll tax deferrals for all employers, and an extension of the…

Financial Counsellor available for small businesses

Is your small business experiencing, or at risk of financial hardship due to the impact of the drought, bushfires, flood or COVID-19? Small business financial counselling is now available to businesses in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). The Australian Government have invested $12.7 million toward providing financial counselling for regional small businesses. The program…

NSW Road Trip Campaign to boost regional tourism recovery

Domestic travellers are seizing the opportunity to take a road trip and discover smaller regional towns, as borders reopen across the country. To capitalise on our new-found freedom, Destination NSW has launched the next phase of the successful Love NSW campaign, “The Great Escape.” Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development and Visitor Centre teams are encouraging…

More time to dine and discover the Hunter Valley

NSW residents have been given more time to take advantage of the Dine and Discover vouchers. The Dine & Discover initiative has been extended until 31 July 2021 to allow people more time to use all of their vouchers, which is perfect for the upcoming school holidays. Latest data shows more than 4.23 million people…

Wollombi, Pokolbin & Broke Fordwich represent our region

The Hunter Valley region was well represented at the NSW Top Tourism Town Awards with Wollombi, Pokolbin and Broke Fordwich all named as finalist of the NSW Top Tourism Town Awards for 2021. It comes as no surprise, as the Hunter Valley is home to so many amazing tourism operators who provide first class experiences,…

Going Global Program

dfghjkdgjsfghfskg The NSW Government has launched the new Going Global Program, which has been designed specifically to help exporters to expand internationally. If you are a small to medium sized business, are export capable or ready and looking to start exporting or diversifying into new export markets you may be eligible to apply for this…

If you spend local, Santa will create 62 jobs…

  If each Cessnock resident spends $100 more within the Cessnock Local Government Area this Christmas, the combined impact of this spend would have the potential to add 62 jobs to our local economy. That’s the findings of economic impact modelling by Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team. If local residents could consciously invest their Christmas spend towards…

$10,000 grants available for community led disaster recovery

Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce grants of up to $10,000 are now up for grabs to assist with disaster recovery and building resilience. The Cessnock Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Grant will be open until 14 May 2021. Council’s Community Recovery Officer, Melissa Boucher said the grants are aimed at supporting communities overcome…

Bushfire Recovery stimulus continues to back business

Around a thousand local businesses are to be connected and workshops planned to help local businesses prepare for natural disasters following Cessnock City Council securing more funding under the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund. 10 business networking events and 15 Business Disaster Recovery and Disaster Preparedness Workshops will be held in various locations across…