Published on Feb 27, 2018

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Networking event a great success – Recap and Photos


The Economic Development Unit (EDU) at Cessnock City Council hosted the first business networking event for the year on Tuesday 13 February 2018 at the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, successfully attracting a huge crowd.


The evening was very well attended with around 100 business people. Guests toasted over critical business updates and took part in the networking opportunities.

Attendees received a number of updates including:

  • The Youth First Employment Program. The program was finalised and distributed to every council in Australia earlier this year. There was strong interest in the initiative across many of the councils who received a copy, with many Councils expressing the intent to implement the program in their region. View the toolkit and all the information.
  • The Business Investment Attraction (BIA) program. The BIA details the benefits of doing business in our region, showcasing the Cessnock local government area as a thriving and attractive business centre. Copies of the program were available on the night for perusal. Download the documents from or read more in our BIA story here.
  • Let us Inspire You. The showing of three in–centre promotional videos for the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre showcasing activities available in our region for three different markets: mixed couples, romantic getaways, and families. The videos will promote the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre as a booking and inspirational hub for visitors and locals. They were released on social media on 14 February, and each can be viewed on the centre’s Facebook page.
  • Skills Audit. The EDU announced Council is commencing a Skills Audit to identify skill shortages experienced by businesses in the region. The Skills Audit is part funded by the Commonwealth Government under the Building Better Regions fund. Surveys can be completed online.
  • An upcoming ‘Buy Local’ initiative with all the chambers was announced and further information will be forthcoming shortly.
  • Updates on the rollout of the Hunter Valley Wine Country tourism signage including information bays and precinct signage under two major successful grant schemes (read more here).
  • The major Destination Marketing Campaign submission has been approved by Destination NSW with more information expected to be released by the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance in due course.


For more information on any of the above initiatives, phone Jane Holdsworth, Economic Development Manager on 4993 4257.

Advance Cessnock City partners would like to thank the suppliers for the evening including Peter Drayton Wines, Ironbark Hill Brewhouse and PK’s on Pokolbin.


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