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Cessnock City Gateway Signage update

Advance Cessnock City is pleased to give you an update on the multi-million dollar signage rollout from grants Cessnock City Council received under the Building Better Regions Fund and Restart NSW. This project will significantly improve both tourism and citywide signage in our local area.

From the Chamber – Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards

The Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards is the longest running awards in the Hunter. They showcase the region’s businesses that provide outstanding products and services, and are achieving excellence and success.

Small Business Month – free events

Small Business Month is an initiative of NSW Department of Industry. Cessnock City Council and Advance Cessnock City partners are pleased to present a range of free events.

Attention event organisers – $20,000 grants available

Does your organisation or business hold an annual event in the Cessnock local government area? Have you held it annually for at least the last two years? If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions read on… The NSW government, via the statutory authority Destination NSW, offers grant funding to help support the growth…

Afterpay – what you need to know

You may have noticed a new player on the retail scene. Afterpay was launched onto the Australian retail sector less than four years ago and has quickly become a billion dollar business. For those not yet familiar with the concept, as a business you register with Afterpay to process customer purchases through them. You are…

Domestic violence victims now entitled to five days’ leave

The Fair Work Commission has updated many federal industry and occupation awards to include a new clause about family and domestic violence leave. This new clause applies from the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018. What is the entitlement? Employees covered by the new clause are entitled to five days of unpaid…

Let’s Talk Business Seminar with Mark Carter

NSW Department of Industry, Cessnock City Council and Advance Cessnock City partners are pleased to present: LET’S TALK BUSINESS   Join us for an electric, impactful and interactive presentation with our small business leadership expert: Mark Carter. Globally experienced and a published author, Mark Carter has held strategic leadership development roles in 40 countries. His…

Hunter Valley Wine Country major marketing campaign in full swing

  The highly anticipated Hunter Valley Wine Country major destination marketing campaign “Here’s to the Good Life” has been launched. The Hunter Valley is now in the spotlight and we welcome the boost for our visitor economy. Cessnock City Council is proud to have taken a key role in prompting this major destination marketing campaign in…

The gift that keeps on giving

There are fresh laws in place as of 2018 introducing new requirements for businesses who offer and accept gift cards. The NSW Government has introduced a mandatory minimum expiry period of three years for all gift cards and gift vouchers sold to consumers in NSW, per an amendment to the Fair Trading Act 1987. These amendments…

Free ride to end for private use of company cars

New guidelines for fringe benefits tax (FBT) on company vehicles have been released from the Australian Tax Office (ATO).  Experts are warning small-to-medium enterprise owners to ensure work vehicles are used correctly by their employees. The supply of a company van or ute to an employee has often operated in a grey area in relation…

Landmark decision affecting casual employment in all Industries

Landmark decision affecting casual employment in all Industries The Full Federal Court has delivered a landmark judgment which will have wide-ranging implications for both casual employees and employers across Australia. If you employ casual staff you need to look into this. The Court has determined that many casual employees who work regular, predictable patterns of work are…

From the Chambers – Kurri Kurri is in the spotlight

Town of Murals Art Show The annual Town of Murals Art Show will be held at Kurri Kurri Community Centre from 8 to 11 September 2018. Attracting hundreds of artists each year, the competition is strong and the standard of entries is exceptional. The local community is invited to come along to enjoy the display of artwork.…