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Support local this January to WIN one of five $100 gift cards

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Team have five $100 gift cards to giveaway this January as part of their ongoing ‘Support Local’ campaign. For the month of January, residents are encouraged to post to Facebook or Instagram to describe in 25 words or less how they’d spend their $100 gift card in the Greater Cessnock…

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…

See it for your-selfie, Hunter Valley Selfie Trail

With school holidays upon us, why not explore your own back yard, along the Hunter Valley Selfie Trail. Navigating the Hunter Valley region has become even easier, with the introduction of a new self-guided tour. The Hunter Valley Selfie Trail is a Cessnock City Council initiative which has been funded by the Australian Government as…

Investing in the people of Cessnock is investing in the future of Cessnock

Cessnock City Council’s Mayoral Scholarship Program provides financial support for residents of the local government area (LGA) to help achieve their educational goals at TAFE or university. It targets students undertaking studies in industries offering gainful employment in the Cessnock LGA, such as hospitality, tourism, education, engineering, medical, mining, communications and manufacturing. The program has…

New website to combat anxiety for small business owners

A new website has been launched in response to a survey that shows running a small business causes anxiety and depression for more than half of small business owners. My Business Health is a web portal that supports entrepreneurs experiencing mental health issues as a result of their concerns about their business. A MYOB report…

Think like Google or Think with Google’s new interactive tool

Did you know that patio heaters are the top trending retail Google search for this month in NSW and nationwide? Would you love to understand the fast-rising retail categories and how you can use this to your business’ advantage? While we all know COVID-19 is presenting new challenges to businesses, having access to insightful data…

Small and medium-sized enterprises welcome 30-day Payment Bill

The Federal Government has introduced legislation requiring big businesses to be transparent about their payment times to the small business suppliers. The Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman (ASBFEO) announced a review into the impact of supply chain financing on the small business and family sector in October 2019. The review looked at specific industry…

2020-21 Budget, small business wins

The Federal Government’s 2020-21 Budget is one for the history books, following the Treasury’s announcement on Tuesday 6 October 2020. The Budget details a record spend that will help lift small businesses out of the COVID crisis and provide a much-needed boost to economic confidence. Given the number of measures that target the small business…

New Destination Networks to grow regional visitor economy

The NSW Government has announced changes to the state’s Destination Networks to grow the regional visitor economy. The NSW Government is committed to growing the visitor economy of regional NSW with the right framework in place to support visitor growth, job creation, skills development and stakeholder engagement. The changes will give the Networks a stronger…

Untapped market, 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,…

New funding available for community-led bushfire recovery projects

  Applications for Round 2 of Cessnock City Council’s Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Grant (BCRRF) are now open. The funding is designed to support small scale, community-led projects that promote recovery, resilience, disaster preparedness and wellbeing support following the 2019/20 bushfires that impacted parts of the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). The BCRRF is…

Celebrating Cessnock’s Customer Service stars!

Business and customer service excellence has been in the spotlight lately, as Cessnock celebrates its industry and community achievers. A sell-out crowd of 230 attended “Cessnock’s biggest Christmas Party”, the 2021 Cessnock Customer Service Awards at the Cessnock Leagues Club on Friday evening. After another challenging year for local businesses, it was time to let…