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$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…

Build Business Back Better, proposed changes to employment lands

Cessnock businesses are being encouraged to ‘Have their say’ on complying development changes to employment lands. The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Spokes announced proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP.) The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has identified changes to Codes SEPP…

Hunter Innovation Festival is back!

The Hunter Innovation Festival is back for 2021, kicking off on Monday 3rd of May, until Sunday the 16th, with this year’s festival theme ‘Innovate to Regenerate.’ Made up of more than 40 events, the festival aims to connect, inspire, educate and promote a culture of innovation throughout the Hunter. The events will range from…

Hold your horses for the return of local endurance ride

The Watagan Mountains Endurance Ride Committee are excited to welcome back the Watagan Mountains Endurance Ride to the Hunter Valley Region. 150 plus endurance enthusiast are expected to return with their noble steads to descend on Quorrobolong on the weekend of 17 and 18 April 2021. The endurance ride has a long history within the…

Recruitment and Industry Advice workshop a success!

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team and Training NSW was pleased with the success of their recent Recruitment and Industry Advice workshop. Held on 24 March, the business event featured four recruitment and industry experts including: Karla Notman, Federal Employment Facilitator for the Hunter Region Phillipa Hibbert, Director, Delivery and Employer Engagement Sue-Ellen Evans NSW…

Export assistance grants of up to $10,000 now available

Would you like financial assistance with export costs? Are you currently exporting or were you exporting prior to the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires or drought?  Do you have a minimum of three full time equivalent employees? Applications for the NSW Government Export Assistance Grants are open. The $10 million NSW Government Export Assistance Grants scheme…

New Consumer Travel Support Program

Applications are now open for travel agents and tour arrangement service providers impacted by COVID-19 to apply for a one-off payment. The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program provides a one-off grant to help travel agents and tour arrangement service providers stay viable. The funding is being offered to assist businesses in the travel sector to…

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…

Applications now open for the 2021 Mayoral Scholarship Program

Cessnock City Council are thrilled to announce applications are now open for the 2021 Mayoral Scholarship Program. Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) residents who are pursuing further study or training in 2021 are being encouraged to apply for the Program. The objective of the Scholarship Program is to become a catalyst for developing the skills…

Grant extensions to ease the burden for impacted bushfire communities

Primary producers and small businesses impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires will benefit from expanded eligibility and time frame changes for the $75,000 recovery grant. The decision to make changes and extend the application timeframes to December 2020, recognised that primary producers have experienced droughts, bushfires and COVID-19 which resulted in requiring more time to make…

Tourists and local businesses to benefit from new wayfinding signage!

Visitors exploring the beautiful Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) can do so with ease! Cessnock City Council celebrated the roll out of signage across the LGA to make a trip to the area even more enjoyable. The project included the installation of suburb entry signs, city gateway signage, information bays, tourist wayfinding signage (these are…

Pokolbin named top NSW destination and 2nd in Australia by Wotif

Pokolbin has been announced by Wotif.com as the top NSW destination, and second place nationally, in the Wotif 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Awards. Now in its fourth year, Wotif’s Aussie Town of the Year awards recognise ten locations across the country for their contribution to Australian tourism. Designed to celebrate the many Australian…