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Christmas Display Competition

    It’s Competition Time! Help light up Cessnock this Christmas by simply decorating your shop front in this year’s festive season Christmas Display Competition an initiative of Cessnock Chamber of Commerce. 3 prizes valued at $200.00 are on offer for the following categories: Best light display in the evening Best window display in the…

Gender pay gap still ‘disappointing’ in Australia

  This year’s Gender Equality Scorecard by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has found across all industries that men are still taking home, on average, $25,000 more a year than women. Women are still hitting the glass ceiling at the highest levels. The number of female CEOs has stalled and Australia’s boardroom tables remain dominated…

Wineries sell more wine direct to consumer

Winemakers producing up to 5,000 cases of wine a year are selling more than half their wine direct to the consumer. The figures, from a new report published by Wine Australia, reflect long-term changes in the way Australians are buying their wine. The smaller the wine producer, the greater the direct-to-consumer sales as a proportion of…

Taskforce to slash red tape for small business

  The Federal Government hopes to cut back on the barriers to small business growth by slashing regulatory red tape across a number of areas. It has announced a new deregulation taskforce which will reduce regulatory burdens to allow small and micro businesses to get up and running sooner. The Australian Small Business and Family…

Driver’s licences now available on phones

  Businesses such as bars, banks, hotels and tobacco retailers can opt-in to accept new digital licences, according to NSW Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello. The technology has been rolled out state-wide following a successful trial. It means drivers can now have the ID on their smartphones. Businesses that check licences will get real-time…

Popular furniture chains fined over misleading price

  Four well-known furniture chains have come under criticism for allegedly advertising sham ‘was/now’ sales prices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has accused them of manipulating prices to create more attractive advertisements. The retailers, including Plush, Koala Living, Early Settler and OzDesign Furniture will each have to pay $12,500 following an investigation by…

If you spend local, Santa will create 62 jobs…

  If each Cessnock resident spends $100 more within the Cessnock Local Government Area this Christmas, the combined impact of this spend would have the potential to add 62 jobs to our local economy. That’s the findings of economic impact modelling by Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team. If local residents could consciously invest their Christmas spend towards…

Council tests new partnership with STEM education for longer term employment outcomes

Council’s teaming up with STEM Industry School Partnerships Program The Cessnock Local Government Area is the home of STEM education in Australia, and Cessnock City Council is breaking new ground forging a fresh partnership.   Council and the STEM Industry School Partnerships Program (SISP) will partner to champion how local government can play a leadership…

Implementation of Hunter Valley Wine Country Signage Strategy

Council is currently rolling out the street signage component of the Hunter Valley Wine Country Signage Strategy, in the Pokolbin, Lovedale, Mount View and Wollombi areas.   The new signage, which includes street name signs and pictogram signs, is being installed at all intersections within ‘Wine Country’ as replacements for the existing street name signs…

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Inviting businesses to support companion cards

The Companion Card program is a not for profit program funded by the NSW Government. It is designed to ensure people with significant and permanent disabilities that need a carer with them at all times are able to participate in community based activities and venues. The card itself is the size of a credit card,…

Employment facilitator sought ahead of Liddell closure

An Employment Facilitator is being sought for the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales from 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2022. The Facilitator will provide on-the-ground assistance to help the region prepare to successfully transition ahead of the closure of the Liddell power station in 2022. The facilitator will engage directly with local…

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