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$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…

Strong draft budget with over $12 million for roads

Cessnock City Council wants your feedback on the draft 2021-22 Operational Plan and draft Budget for the next year. Despite the economic impact of COVID-19 Council has managed an impressive $35 million Capital Works Program and remains in surplus. Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said continued sound financial management over the last few years…

Funding now available to reboot the Business events sector

$5.5 million is now available to business event organisers to host conferences, conventions, training courses, trade shows and exhibitions in regional NSW to give the state’s visitor economy a significant boost. The NSW Government’s Business Events Industry Support package – part of the $51.5 million Tourism Support Package – will turbocharge the state’s business events…

New Community Building Partnership Program

The NSW Community Building Partnership program awards grants for community infrastructure projects are now opened. The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion. Since 2009, the Community Building Partnership (CBP) program has awarded more than $362 million to over 16,600…

Build those gains with the Cessnock Innovation Bootcamp

Cessnock City Council, in partnership with AusIndustry bring to you, the Cessnock Innovation Bootcamp as part of the Hunter Innovation Festival. The festival will run across the Hunter Valley from Monday 3 May 2021 and will feature a range of events from workshops, interactive sessions, performances, installations, speaker events and more. The Cessnock Innovation Bootcamp…

Have your say on the draft Jobs Strategy

The draft Greater Cessnock Jobs Strategy and draft Economic Growth Agenda are now on public exhibition. Cessnock City Council wants to hear from local businesses, residents and visitors to assist them in finalising the draft Strategy. The draft Greater Cessnock Jobs Strategy 2036 outlines economic development priorities and opportunities that will maximise the potential and…

Boost for Business

Small business gets a boost

Business is about to get a boost in the Hunter Region. Growth of technology-based companies in NSW, including those in the Cessnock and Hunter Valley region will be given a boost with a dedicated $30 million funding program for companies following a recent NSW Government announcement.   The plan will be rolled-out to fast-growing small…

Grants for job creation – are you eligible?

Could jobs growth be the key to your short term business growth? Regional businesses are set to be rewarded by the NSW government for job creation. Small and medium businesses in rural and regional NSW are being invited to submit expressions of interest to a jobs growth fund. If your business is on an upwards…

Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate

If you’re the owner of a small business, a sole trader or a not-for-profit organisation, you may be eligible for a rebate of $1500. The NSW Government is providing a new rebate to help small businesses, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations with the cost of government fees and charges. The aim of the Small Business…

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…