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Shape the regions’ energy future

Ausgrid needs your help to shape the region’s future priorities in order to make the best decisions for upcoming generations. To ensure services offered by Ausgrid meet the region’s needs, Ausgrid are calling on customers, businesses, local councils and industry stakeholders to understand their current experience of the energy network and what you want for…

Clean Up Australia Day

  In 2020 Clean Up Australia will be celebrating their 30th anniversary and all that has been achieved by their volunteers over the past three decades. The initiative inspired by the idea of ‘cleaning up your own backyard’ was founded in 1990 by Ian Keirnan and has evolved into the nation’s largest community-based environmental event….

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…

Fourth generation wine maker focuses on sustainability

Avoiding waste is not easy, in fact, it takes thought and effort and that’s where the Waste Avengers Blog come into play. Created for all to read and join in the discussion to avoid waste and save the planet, The Waste Avengers Blog is about making waste prevention easier through the sharing of local personal…

Action Plan aims to help agribusinesses grow

Cessnock businesses are invited to get involved with a project that is designed to build capability and identify opportunities for growth within the agriculture sector. Cessnock City Council has engaged specialist agricultural and food advisory firm Rounding Up to deliver the Hunter Valley Agribusiness Cluster Action Plan. After successfully securing a grant for the economic…

What do you have to say about your local economy?

Cessnock City Council wants to hear from local businesses, residents and visitors to assist them in preparing the next draft Economic Development Strategy. It’s a critical Strategy aimed at ensuring the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) has a sustainable and prosperous economy into the future. The Strategy will help to promote growth and investment, increase…

BEAP BEAP!! It’s time to save money on your power bill!

Cessnock City Council has partnered with the NSW Business Chamber’s BEAP Program to save our businesses money and support energy saving initiatives in the community. Council’s Business Capability Study (2019) identified that over 55 percent of respondents agreed that the most significant pain point for our businesses was the rising cost of doing business. In…

Level 2 water restrictions

As a region we’re experiencing the lowest water levels in our dams in over two decades. Level 2 water restrictions apply to all properties connected to Hunter Water’s water supply network in the Cessnock Local Government Area. At Level 2, water restrictions apply to outdoor use and by making small changes to the way you…

Business from biodiversity brainstorm – 19 November

Cessnock City Council is calling on local businesses to take part in a brainstorming workshop to discuss how Cessnock’s biodiversity can be used to market our area and broaden activities available to visitors. The workshop will take place at the Pokolbin Community Hall from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 19 November and all interested businesses…

Water restrictions – what does it mean for businesses?

With local dam levels hovering at around 60%, and a bleak outlook for rain over the coming months, Hunter Water advises that Level 1 water restriction start today. So what does this mean for businesses?     Level 1 restrictions will not have major impacts for many businesses as this stage (see table below). Major…

Free workshop for local landholders

Cessnock City Council is partnering with Hunter Local Land Services (HLLS) and Hunter Region Landcare Network (HRLN) to deliver a series of landholder workshops across the Cessnock local government area in early 2019.   The principal focus will be finding out how HLLS and HRLN can support agricultural enterprises in the area undertaking land care…