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2019 STOMP festival April 28

From the Chambers – Cessnock STOMP Festival, Kurri networking

Cessnock STOMP Festival 2019 – Book your stall! The annual Cessnock STOMP Festival will soon be upon us. Organisers are urging local businesses to ensure they have booked their stall. Due to demand places are becoming limited.   The STOMP Festival is all set for the April 28. If previous years are anything to go by,…

From the Chambers – Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival

Bringing back the good times… Polish your cars, shine your shoes and get out your best dresses, the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival rock and rolls back into town on the last weekend in March. It’s now been 16 years since the first festival brought the 1950s to life in the streets of Kurri Kurri and…

Council and industry representatives join Mayor Pynsent and the Hon Scot MacDonald MLC for the official announcement

Over $2.2 million announced for the Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourist Signage

The NSW Government has announced a $2.2 million grant for Cessnock City Council to continue rolling out the Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourist Signage project. The funding under the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund was announced today by Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter, the Hon Mr Scot…

Is this Art?

Dealing with graffiti is an ongoing challenge that impacts our community. Most business owners would like to present a clean, safe and welcoming environment for our residents, workers and visitors. From a legal view point intentionally damaging or defacing any premises, vehicle or other property is a crime.  It’s also an offence to have a…

Consultation for Branxton Suburb Emblem – Signage

Networking Event

Join us for a networking event and Christmas drinks 11 December 2018 5.30 – 7.30pm Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin Register HERE by 10 December 2018   Why should you come to a networking event? Take a look at this article on networking published on the ACC website on this…

Creative employment growing at twice Australian workforce

Advance Cessnock City recently supported an event at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery called Art After Hours – Arty Party. It was an information and networking event for members of the creative industries and ran as part of Small Business Month. The event was an opportunity to support an industry many might overlook as a…

Cessnock wins national economic development award

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team have been recognised at a national level at the National Economic Development Awards 2018 held in Rockhampton. Council’s Cessnock City Youth First Employment Project and National Toolkit took out the nation’s top prize for Economic Development Strategic Thinking. Council’s unique business platform Advance Cessnock City was also recognised as…

How to motivate your staff

You may be surprised to hear that 76% of Australian employees are unmotivated at work. According to a recent Gallup poll, 60% of Australian employees are ‘not engaged’, meaning they lack motivation and 16% are ‘actively disengaged’, indicating they are not only unhappy and unproductive at work, they are liable to spread negativity to co-workers.…

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…

Instagram for business – the changes

Many small businesses are benefiting from having Instagram in their social media marketing mix. Instagram is a great platform for sharing images, and bides well for food businesses, the fitness industry, as well as other types of business including design, photography, and tourism; among many others. Instagram has been changing and testing a few changes of…

Pay rise for modern award employees & new minimum wage

Did you notice a small pay rise starting in July 2018? This might be thanks to a rise in the minimum wage in modern awards set by the Fair Work Commission. In Australia 2.3 million employees have their pays set by an award and in June 2018, the Fair Work Commission completed its annual wage…