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Richmond Vale Rail Trail one step closer to becoming a reality

Another milestone towards the Richmond Vale Rail Trail (RVRT) becoming a reality has been achieved with a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) now on public exhibition. The proposed trail is a 32km cycling and walking track along the former Richmond Vale railway between Kurri Kurri and Hexham/Shortland. This regionally significant trail traverses the three Local…

Single Use Plastics Ban

The NSW Government is banning certain single-use plastic items. This will prevent nearly 2.7 billion plastic items from entering the coastal, marine, and bushland environments of NSW over the next 20 years. From the 1st of June 2022, the supply of lightweight shopping bags will be banned in NSW. From the 1st of November 2022,…

Support your local Hunter Valley Wine Industry for its 2022 Vintage

After surviving record long droughts, bushfires, smoke taint, and ongoing effects of COVID-19, Hunter Valley Wine Country faces yet another challenging vintage. While staff shortages are impacting all industries, the lack of available workers for vintage 2022 is concerning for the Hunter Valley wine industry, due to the time sensitive constraints in harvesting the grapes….

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…

Tender support for small businesses

New tools will assist businesses in meeting qualification requirements and understanding the tendering for NSW Government work. Small businesses across NSW can now access free online training and an informative guide to help them become “tender ready” and bid for NSW Government contracts. The NSW Small Business Commission has collaborated with TAFE NSW to deliver…

Cessnock Jobs Forum focuses on future success

On Tuesday 12th October, the Economic Development Team hosted their latest Cessnock City Jobs Forum online bringing together key players in employment, education, skills and training, and job active providers. Job Active Survey data was shared by Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Officer, Alena Pople, highlighting the issues the industry is facing in filling available…

Future of Work Program, funding for study

Looking to build your skills and prepare for the future of work? Apply to the Future of Work Program for the opportunity to have your student contribution fees covered. The Future of Work Program is an initiative created by BHP and the Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment to promote educational opportunities in regional…

Online Short Courses for tourism and hospitality businesses

Destination NSW has partnered with Restaurant and Catering Australia to deliver three, free online short courses – known as micro credentials – for NSW tourism and hospitality businesses. The partnership will deliver a suite of free, new skills development and training programs designed for individuals and businesses engaged in the State’s visitor economy. The programs,…

Council adopts plans for jobs and economic development

Cessnock City is pleased to announce it has adopted the Greater Cessnock Jobs Strategy 2036 and Economic Growth Agenda. On public exhibition throughout May, the Strategy and Agenda were supported unanimously at the July meeting of Council. The Strategy outlines economic development priorities and opportunities that will maximise the prosperity of the Cessnock Local Government…

Hunter Virtual Jobs Fair connecting employers with job seekers

The Australian Government is hosting a Virtual Jobs Fair to help businesses across the Hunter region find the staff they need. Jobs Fairs bring together job seekers, employers, employment service providers and labour hire firms in the region and provides people with the chance to explore current employment opportunities within the local community. As COVID-19…

Planning for the future ahead – Sponsorship call out

The end of the financial year is fast approaching, so now is the time to begin to plan for the new financial year ahead. The new financial year brings fresh opportunities to look at your business plan and the opportunity to lay down some solid foundations for the year ahead. Ever thought about becoming a…

Mayoral Scholarship Recipients Announced

Succesful receipeints of the Mayoral Scholarship were announced earlier in  the month following a quaint presentation ceremony. Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent, stated that the scholarship program has been running since 2002 and aims to help young people develop job-ready skills for industries that offer gainful employment in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA)….