Breaking: Massive Dollars Attracted to Cessnock and Project Announcements

Published on Jun 4, 2018

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Resources for Regions results are in & Cessnock’s a winner!

The NSW Government announced Cessnock City Council secured $3.5 million under the Resources for Regions funding program.

Cessnock City Council was successful with two R4R Submissions:

  • $2.1M for Cessnock CBD Regional Recreation Precinct Upgrade (Bridges Hill Playground)
  • $1.4M for the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation, Town Square.

    Cessnock City Mayor Bob Pynsent and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC excited for Cessnock’s Major Funding announcement

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC was in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) delivering the good news that the Cessnock CBD is about to undergo a huge revitalisation.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he is extremely excited Council has been successful again under this program.

“This funding program has already provided some fantastic results for our region, including the Broke and Hermitage Road and Cycleway project which we completed in partnership with Singleton Council.”

“Council received $1.4 million for stage two of the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation Masterplan. Council will match the funding and contribute $1.4 million to see this project come to life. Works to the public domain will enhance the amenity of the town centre and improve circulation and connectivity for pedestrians and vehicles. The announcement is a turning point for our CBD, it will encourage business investment and provide a central focal point for community activity.”

“We also received $2.1 million in funding for the third stage of the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation Masterplan that has a project cost of $4.3 million. This stage is aimed at diversifying recreational opportunities and improving access for our residents. We will now move forward in the construction of a regional playground at Bridges Hill and continue the work on improving pedestrian access.”

Mr MacDonald said the renewal of the Cessnock CBD is an important social and economic development.

“Renewal will stimulate jobs and community activity in the heart of the city,” Mr MacDonald said.

It’s a big win for the Cessnock LGA which will see more than $7 million in infrastructure improvements to the CBD. The revitalisation of the CBD will result in economic growth, increase productivity and enhance opportunities for the region.

Council will keep residents up to date as the exciting works progress.

Cessnock CBD Regional Recreation Precinct Upgrade (Bridges Hill Playground)

Cessnock CBD Revitalisation. Town Square


Information Bays being Installed

Tourists travelling the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) are expected to have a better experience with the installation of information bays.

Cessnock City Council marked the completion of two information bays at Kearsley and Lovedale today that were funded by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Grant program.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said the signs look fantastic and will no doubt be welcomed by tourists.

“The information bays not only look great but they provide visitors with extremely valuable information about the experiences on offer in the Hunter Valley Wine Country.”

“Council have worked hard with local business to design the map and showcase our tourism industry,” Mayor Pynsent said.

The installation of the information bay at Jeffrey Park, Kearsley also saw the construction of an amenities block, parking improvements and upgrades to the park facilities.

Council is now undertaking work to install another four information bays in prominent locations across the LGA. To find out more about this project visit

Economic Development Manager Jane Holdsworth was pleased to see the vast numbers of businesses participate in the information bay grid. Being that it is the first print of the map stickers, the Economic Development Team are keen to secure an update of the mapping within the next 4 months.

Opening of the Information Bay at Kearsley

Information Bay

Jane Holdsworth, Economic Development Manager; Samuel Mackie, Projects Engineer; and Rhiannon Stevens, Economic Development Officer.


It is also important to thank the staff in the Council who have been proactive in seeking funding and in delivery of the signage system in a way to ensure consistency and quality of the project.

  • The Economic Development team, Jane Holdsworth, Rhiannon Stevens who have supported the signage since the development of the initial strategy, securing of funds and the artwork and coordination of businesses to appear on the bays.
  • The Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre were critical to achieving this also – many thanks to Geoff Walker for driving the EOI process.
  • It is also appreciated the work of Katrina Kerr, Council’s Infrastructure Manager and her team. Especially Samuel Mackie our Projects Engineer for his expertise and leadership in delivery of the Bays themselves.
  • Thank you to Santosh Deo for delivery of the Precinct Signs, and Nathan Goodburn for ensuring the quality of the maps, other signage and overall presentation accuracy and branding.

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