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Hunter region invited to showcase local talent and venues at new music event

Local musicians and live music venues are being encouraged to get involved in a new state-wide music event that will bring 1,000 COVID-safe gigs to regional NSW and Sydney this November. Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative delivered in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) to support the recovery of the…

HomeBuilder program set to rebuild the construction sector

The Australian Government is supporting jobs in the residential construction sector with the introduction of the new HomeBuilder program. From 4 June until 31 December 2020, owner-occupiers and first home buyers may be eligible for grant funding of $25,000 as part of the new HomeBuilder program introduced to drive economic activity across the residential construction…

Branxton to Greta cycleway receives nearly $2 million in funding

Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce it has secured $1,950,000 under Round 4 of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream to build an off-road, shared cycleway between Branxton and Greta. Council will provide a co-contribution of $650,000 towards the project to bring the 3.3km cycleway to life. The cycleway…

COVID-19 impact survey for local businesses

  Recently, Workskil Cessnock formed a working committee to discuss the impacts caused by COVID-19 and the effects the JobKeeper subsidy has had on businesses in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). Our region has been hit hard over the past six months from prolonged drought, the devastating bushfire season, smoke taint and now the…

Free training opportunity to help businesses reopen safely

As restrictions begin to ease, many businesses are getting ready for the much-anticipated reopening of their doors. As part of the COVID-19 road to recovery process, Cessnock City Council have teamed up with Training Services NSW and are currently working together on solutions to support local businesses in the Cessnock Local Government area (LGA). An…

Recover and rebuild with new funding opportunity for bushfire impacted industries

Bushfire-impacted dairy farmers, fruit growers and forestry businesses are set to benefit from recovery funding to help them get back on their feet and back to work, thanks to the NSW Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package. From drought to bushfires and now a pandemic, these grants will ensure key driver industries continue to…

Regional NSW welcomes your LOVE!

It is time to explore our own backyard with the recent easing of travel restrictions in New South Wales (NSW). NSW regions and tourism businesses are set to receive a major boost as the government revealed NSW residents took almost two million international leisure trips worth $16.7 billion last year. To coincide with the lifting…

Think like Google or Think with Google’s new interactive tool

Did you know that patio heaters are the top trending retail Google search for this month in NSW and nationwide? Would you love to understand the fast-rising retail categories and how you can use this to your business’ advantage? While we all know COVID-19 is presenting new challenges to businesses, having access to insightful data…

New initiative to help combat men’s mental health

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) has launched their new initiative, You’ve got this mate, to help combat men’s mental health. You’ve got this mate is a dedicated website for rural men, young, old and everyone in between which provides action-focussed tips and information to help men reach their best possible mental health. Designed in…

Small and medium-sized enterprises welcome 30-day Payment Bill

The Federal Government has introduced legislation requiring big businesses to be transparent about their payment times to the small business suppliers. The Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman (ASBFEO) announced a review into the impact of supply chain financing on the small business and family sector in October 2019. The review looked at specific industry…

$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…

New initiative encourages locals to support locals

Cessnock City Council have partnered with local business chambers and associations to launch a new campaign aimed at encouraging community support for businesses across the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). The ‘Support Local’ campaign has been designed to raise awareness of the importance of shopping and buying local during these difficult times. A key component…