Published on Dec 15, 2020

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Cessnock City Council welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government that Council will receive more than $1.3 million to fund four exciting community projects.

The funding is from the NSW Government’s $50 million Resources for Regions Program Round Seven. Council was allocated the following:

  • Cessnock Pool Splash Pad Stage 2 – $420,300
  • Beautification of Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri – $482,198
  • Cessnock Disadvantaged Youth Driver Training Program – $100,000
  • Cessnock City Cultural Hub – $309,700

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is looking forward to these projects getting underway.

“This funding is critical to enable projects like the Cessnock Pool Splash Pad to continue into Stage 2 and to support larger projects like the upgrade of the Kurri Kurri CBD and the redesign of the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.

The funding for Cessnock Splash Pad Stage 2 will provide for the establishment of more shade, seating, safety features, landscaping and other improvements to complement the new splash. This project will kick off following the 2020/21 pool season.

The Beautification of Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri is part of the implementation of Stage 3 of the adopted Kurri Kurri Masterplan. The upgrade will include new park furniture, signage, lighting, and improved amenity through additional landscaping. This work is set to commence in the first half of 2021.

The establishment of the Cessnock City Cultural Hub is still at concept phase with Council set to progress plans next year. This grant will be used to fund the modifications to the first floor to create a makers and exhibition space, secure art storeroom and construction of a ramp and other modifications to ensure better access to the cultural hub.

The Cessnock Disadvantaged Youth Driver Training Program will see Council, the Hunter Region Employment Facilitator and Youth Express partner to deliver professional driver training and mentoring for the most disadvantaged local youth where the lack of a driver’s licence is the barrier to employment. Council’s Economic Development Team plans to start this two year program in the first half of 2021.

For more information on Council’s ongoing project visit Council’s works section.