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Major cash coup to revitalise Cessnock CBD

Published on Dec 14, 2015

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A $950,000 cash coup is set to revitalise Cessnock’s civic precinct, much to the delight of local stakeholders.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development last week approved Cessnock City Council’s Civic Precinct Revitalisation Project funding application for the four year project.

Key elements of the project include:

•    Improved access and connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists around Charlton and Cooper Streets and Bridges Hill.
•    Enhancements to green and public spaces including installation of public arts.
•    A drawcard regional nature-based playground at Bridges Hill incorporating interpretive natural materials and elements for teen, junior and infant users.

As an important project stakeholder, the Cessnock Chamber of Commerce has applauded the news.

“Through delivering beautification, enhancing connectivity and having features that appeal to visitors, the economic viability of our existing businesses will grow and we become more attractive to investment,” Chamber President Geoff Walker said.

The project also supports the ongoing work undertaken by the Chamber, which has driven the Cessnock CBD laneway beautifications and façade improvement program.

Council’s Economic Development Manager Jane Holdsworth said she was thrilled by the news.

“It’s exciting to share this news with our business community,” Ms Holdsworth said.

“Cessnock’s CBD is identified as a major regional centre and this project will open up retail and business opportunities and facilitate trade.

“It is an incredibly positive outcome for the entire local government area.”

Stage one works will commence in 2016-17 with the completion date for all four stages of the project estimated in 2019-20.

Did you Know?
Economic analysis of the project reveals it is estimated to create 7 new jobs during construction and up to 9 new jobs post construction.  From direct, industrial and consumer effects, the expansion in the economy of purchases and goods, boost to jobs and increases in salaries and wages are estimated to increase total value-added by up to a further $1.484 million as a result of this project.

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An artist impression of Cooper Street’s future look and feel taken from the Cessnock CBD Masterplan.

An artist impression of Cooper Street’s future look and feel
taken from the Cessnock CBD Masterplan.

Big plans for Bridges Hill park, adjacent to Convent Hill.

Big plans for Bridges Hill park, adjacent to Convent Hill.

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