Storekeeper at her door
CCC SupportLocalElements Feb2022 V3 02

We’ve been through a lot, lately. Drought, floods, bushfires and a pandemic. However, one hugely positive outcome from all this is our unrelenting community spirit. We can do anything when we all work together.

Cessnock City Council is a BIG customer when it comes to doing business and we LOVE to buy locally!

Advance Cessnock City and partners have worked collectively and are very excited to announce the new Support Local Campaign.

Support Local is an initiative of Advance Cessnock City in partnership with local Chambers and Associations establishing greater support and promotion of local businesses within the community.

Locals supporting locals is all about working together. It’s about shopping and buying local; as well as hiring local talent – it’s about keeping doors open! When we support local, every member of the community gets to enjoy the economic, social and environmental benefits; not just now, but well into the future.

To ensure the success of the campaign we need YOU, our community to work collectively with Advance and partners to bring about change!

COVID-19: Keep safe!

Support Local Tool
Download the Tool Kit to get started!

Your Locals Supporting Locals Tool Kit is designed to encourage your own creative ideas.

You can easily access the images and logos, and supplement the main campaign with your own messages on your website, social media, mobile advertising and even on local radio or television channels.

Support Love Your Locals
Meet your local heroes here

You are. We are. Everybody here is!

Because whenever we employ local and shop local, we are helping a local business continue operating. Our continued support can result in growing more successful businesses, creating more local jobs and sustaining a healthy community. Support Local and keep the local community thriving.

Watch this space as we continue to update with good news stories within the local community.

Check out these good news stories below.

Take a selfie and help a local 

Rising to the Challenges

Branxton weathers storm

Resilience and local spirit

Business pulling together

Local support key to business success

Central Waste Station's essential service continues through COVID






Support Local Comp

Support Local Competition

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Team has two $250 restaurant vouchers to give away as part of its ongoing ‘Support Local’ campaign.

For the month of April, residents are encouraged to post to Facebook or Instagram with a photo of their favourite restaurant or café, dish or dining experience in the Greater Cessnock area – that includes Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Branxton, Wine Country and Wollombi Valley – and tell us why they love it.

To ensure the team can see the entry, set the post to public and use the campaign hashtag #SupportLocalCessnock. Residents can enter as many times as they like. The restaurant or café must be tagged in the post. The winners will be selected randomly.

Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal is encouraging residents to go out and discover all the great restaurants and cafes in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).

“It is so good to be able to gather together again with family and friends, celebrating our special occasions, and there are so many great places to dine in the Cessnock LGA,” Councillor Suvaal said.

“This initiative is a great opportunity to support our local cafes and restaurants while sampling the array of culinary experiences on offer.”

This competition will run from 1 to 30 April 2022.

For terms and conditions, visit the Advance Greater Cessnock website and be sure to follow the Advance Cessnock City Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the ‘Support Local’ campaign.

Local business owners can access the ‘Support Local’ campaign toolkit via the Advance Greater Cessnock website to help promote their services and facilities.

Retrotrail Hunter Valley

Retrotrail Hunter Valley is a trail of discovery between two regional towns close to Wine Country.

Formed in May 2020, the Retrotrail team, is a collection of locals who are passionate about sharing the stories of the townships of Branxton and Greta and promoting a strong sense of community spirit.

Take a step back in time and discover the many hidden treasures on the Retrotrail, learn the history, admire the architechture, experience the fresh tastes of local produce and meet the friendly locals.  Simplicity at it's best, come and discover the magic!

Here is a sneak peak at what you will discover when you take the road less travelled.

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