Published on Sep 19, 2017

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Resources for Regions program

Cessnock City Council has put six projects forward for consideration under the Resources for Regions program, totalling $22.5 million!

The six projects submitted under expressions of interest under the program included:

  • Branxton to Greta Cycleway – an off road cycleway between Greta and Branxton.
  • Cessnock to Kurri Kurri – HEX Cycleway – on and off road cycleway construction between Kurri Kurri at the Hunter Expressway to Cessnock town, way finding signage, along with end of trip facilities such as bicycle parking and public amenities.
  • Cessnock Airport Upgrade – essential services to site, runway widening /extension and sealing, aprons and aircraft parking and fuelling and increased capacity to service more industries and businesses.
  • Cessnock CBD Revitalisation Stage 2 – introduction of a Town Square, conversion of Cooper Street to a one way shared zone, outdoor dining, wayfinding signage, cycling and pedestrian access, children’s play, water features, shaded seating and interpretive artwork.
  • Cessnock CBD Recreational Precinct Upgrade*– development of a regional recreation precinct, well connected to the CBD, children’s sensory/water play and bicycle circuit, outdoor fitness, unique Australian Indigenous themed adventure playground, picnic BBQ and public amenities, walking trails and connections, public art etc at Convent Hill Reserve, Bridges Hill Park and East End Oval.*
  • Abbotsford Street Bridge – replacement of Abbotsford Street Bridge
*Bridges Hill Playground is to be upgraded under Council’s previous successful round of National Stronger Regions Fund under the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation Stage 1 . At its meeting of 6 September 2017, Council resolved to place on public exhibition the Bridges Hill Playground Design.

Bridges Hill Playground Concept

Councillors voted to pursue the above projects at the meeting of Council on 2 August 2017. Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this funding program provides excellent opportunities for our region and he hopes to see some of these projects come to fruition.


“We were successful in securing joint funding with Singleton Council of $16.7 million for the Broke Road and Hermitage Road and Cycleway Project back in 2015, which has just officially opened in August 2017 and will have a huge impact on our region.”


“We have put our best foot forward for this round of funding in the hope of securing the maximum amount for our nominated projects,” added Cr Pynsent.


Through the Advance Cessnock City partnership, each of the local business chambers and associations were invited to lend their support to attract and pursue this critical project funding. Cessnock Chamber of Commerce, Kurri Kurri and District Business Chamber, Towns with Heart, Lovedale Chamber, Branxton Greta Community Business Chamber, Parish of Pokolbin, Around Hermitage Association, Mount View Tourism Association and Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association all rallied together and generously provided letters of support in the spirit of collaboration.


Established under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund, the Resources for Regions program aims to deliver improved local infrastructure to mining affected areas and is offering $50 million in 2017-18. Projects submitted must be for public infrastructure that can deliver economic growth and productivity within the region. A range of criteria ensure projects can demonstrate good value for money, sound project planning, shovel readiness, positive economic benefit and region-wide impacts.


Submissions for the 2017/18 Resources for Regions program were made on 18 August 2017. Projects will be reviewed by the NSW Government, with successful expressions of interest invited to submit more detailed applications.


Council will keep businesses informed of any outcomes through Advance Cessnock City.


For more information on the Resources for Regions Program please visit:

Cessnock Town Square Concept