Published on Jan 8, 2020
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Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent, meanwhile, is looking to the skies for the city’s economic development opportunities.
Cessnock Airport 2020
“Our vision for Cessnock Airport 2020 is for it to be a well-planned and service facility that attracts economic development opportunities for the region,” he said.
“To unlock business investment growth, significant upgrades to the infrastructure at the airport are required. This would include widening and resealing of taxiways; provision of aprons and aircraft parking areas; improved fuel area access; runway extension and resealing; connection of water and sewerage to the western side of the site; fencing; future hangarage and construction of aircraft storage facilities.
Securing this type of upgrade will position the Cessnock Airport as a significant contributor to the local economy’s sustainability post-mining, in particular as a major tourist and business gateway to the Hunter Valley”.
Cessnock City Council currently has a grant application being considered for the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies fund to assist with the total project, which is estimated to cost more than $7.5 million.
Black Hill Industrial Precinct
The establishment of the Black Hill Industrial Precinct is also on the horizon, with Cessnock Development Control Plan updated to include the Black Hill Employment Area.
Cr Pynsent believes the site has huge potential to be transformed into a Hunter freight hub and an industrial precinct, which could be home to up to 1000 jobs.
“It is recognised in the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan as a key catalyst area due to the jobs it could create. It will assist in connecting Greater Newcastle and the hunter region to global markets, providing a significant advantage in attracting large scale industry to the region;” he said.
“The Cessnock LGA is open for business, and 2020 will be no exception!”