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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,…

FREE Hunter Business Forum events

Cessnock City Council, in partnership with the Hunter Region Business Hub, is pleased to announce there will be a series of free events designed for small to medium businesses located in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). The Hunter Business Forum is a series of free events being held across the Hunter, aimed at bringing…

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…

Hunter Valley Zoo relaunched as Hunter Valley Wildlife Park

Australian Wildlife Parks have officially relaunched Hunter Valley Zoo as Hunter Valley Wildlife Park, joining Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Mogo Wildlife Park as part of the largest privately-owned wildlife park group in Australia. Hunter Valley Wildlife Park is home to a rich and diverse collection of wildlife. Located at 138 Lomas Lane, Nulkaba, it…

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…

Accredited, free emergency training course for hunter residents

Australia’s first fully subsidised and accredited training program dedicated to Business Continuity & Emergency Response Planning is being rolled out to residents across NSW. The NSW Government in partnership with Australia (NSW) Astute Training have developed the Business Continuity and Emergency Response Training Course an amazing and unique offering. Flood, fire, drought and the current…

October is cyber security awareness month

Cybercrime is described as a dishonest or criminal activity conducted online or by phone. It can include deceptive conduct such as malicious software or viruses, scams by phone or online, fake over-payments, fake invoicing, hacking your business to obtain business or customer details or access your supplier’s computer network. To help businesses better understand the…

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…