The Cessnock local government area and the Hunter Region are experiencing rapid change.

Cessnock City Council have undertaken research into the key industries and economic activities ideally suited to thrive in the region. The following are key sectors identified by the team that can complement and add value to the wider economy.

Aged Care Services

Aged care is one of the strongest growing service sectors in Australia, with demand for services forecast to increase significantly as the ‘baby boomer’ generation moves into retirement.

Agribusiness & Horticulture

Globally and domestically, demand for food is increasing with food security becoming a major issue.

Aviation Services

Cessnock Airport has sites suitable for aviation-based service industries and tourism businesses.

Child Care, Child Support Services, Activities for Children

Cessnock City is a major growth area, with the population forecasted to increase by up to 38% over the next 20 years.

Construction Trades

Within Cessnock City and the surrounding Lower Hunter region, the outlook for the construction sector is extremely positive.


With over 100 thoroughbred studs, the Hunter Valley is Australia’s largest producer, supplier and exporter of thoroughbred horses.

Manufacturing and Fabrication

Cessnock City has a diversity of manufacturing businesses, ranging from the traditional metal-based manufacturing and fabrication, to wine making, through to speciality food manufacturing and hand-crafted boutique products.

Medical, Dental and Allied Health

Growth in population within Cessnock City, expansion of the aged care sector and the introduction of the NDIS is creating demand for additional medical and allied health services.

Pet Breeding and Services

Opportunities include:

  • Pet breeding
  • Boarding kennels and catteries
  • Training facilities and services
  • Pet-based tourism – farm holidays with pets.

Tourism Businesses

Opportunities abound for investment in new product development and diversification of tourism experience in Hunter Valley Wine Country.

Transport & Logistics

Cessnock City is well located for transport and logistics companies.

With ideal industrial land available in the Kurri Kurri, Black Hill, Loxford and Branxton areas with access to the Hunter Expressway,

Supply Chain Opportunities

These products and services can offer business to business opportunities for:

  1. Local businesses to diversify their merchandise and/or service mix to provide some of these goods and services, and/or:
  2. For external businesses that supply these services to relocate to or establish outlets within Cessnock City.