Council is undertaking works which will deliver a staged implementation of Cessnock CBD Masterplan and subsequent Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project.

What's Happening Now?

Stage 1.1

Upcoming Works:

Upgrade of Cooper and Charlton Streets
Stage 1.1

Sunday 26 May 2019 - September 2019
Works are scheduled to commence at 9pm on Sunday 26 May 2019 with the temporary removal of the roundabout at Charlton and Cooper Streets. The intersection will be closed from 9pm to 5am. Traffic control will be in place.

The intersection will reopen from 5am on Monday 27 May 2019, allowing one way traffic access through the work zone. Detours will be in place as works are carried out. Standard work hours will apply for the following days. Businesses will be notified prior to the commencement of any further night works.

Stage 1.1 will include road pavement improvement featuring a raised threshold treatment, underground drainage works, new pavers, installation of planter boxes, trees and the provision of new street furniture.
Click here to view a map of Stage 1.1 works

All reasonable efforts will be made to complete the works on schedule, subject to weather and ground conditions. Residents and businesses will be notified if there are significant changes to the program.

Road Closure:

The works will take place in three stages to allow one way traffic access through the work zone.

Works are initially scheduled to take place on the west side of Charlton Street. Charlton Street will be reduced to one lane northbound from Monday 27 May 2019.

Cooper Street will be reduced to one lane between Vincent Street and North Avenue. The westbound lane will remain open to one-way traffic. Detours will be in place.

Pedestrian access will be maintained during the project.

Click here to view the road closure plan and associated detours

Work Hours:

Standard work hours:
7am to 6pm Monday to Friday
7am to 5pm Saturday

Night work hours:
9pm to 5am Sunday to Thursday

Stakeholders will be notified prior to any commencement of night works.

Car park:

16 car spaces have been removed from the Cessnock City Centre car park.

Adjacent parking will remain available throughout the works.

Click here to view a map of the car park closure


General enquiries:
For any general questions or more information about the project, please contact Cessnock City Council customer service on
02 4993 4100

What is being achieved?

Work Completion:

North Avenue and Keene Street

Sunday 5 May 2019 - Tuesday 21 May 2019
On Sunday 5 May 2019 works commenced on North Avenue and Keene Street to upgrade pedestrian facilities. Night works have now ended on North Avenue and Keene Street, with the completion of kerbs and road resurfacing.  Landscape planting, signs and line marking will be completed in the days following the 21 May 2019. The new and safer pedestrian crossing will also be finalised shortly, but is already accessible.

Click Here to view a map of the North Avenue and Keene Street works

Under Construction:

Bridges Hill Park Playground and Access Improvement Project

The project involves two key components: the access improvements and then the Bridges Hill Playground upgrades.

Fastastic new family facilities have been put in, the adventure playground creates and enjoyable space and 3 new fitness stations have been installed.

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What can you do for your business?

Stay informed. Be proactive. Share the vision!

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Stay informed:

Many factors can delay the works timeline, including weather and site conditions. Staying informed will allow you to adjust your business planning and strategy during the works.

Be proactive:

Share what you know with your staff so they’re not late to work, with your suppliers so they know how to access your business and with your clients so they know where to park. Click below to view the road closure map and download a printable map of the works to display in your window.

Share the vision!

The vision for the new CBD includes thriving retail opportunities, easy access to car parking and well connected, visually appealing public spaces. Remind your staff, suppliers and clients that that the short-term pain is worth the long-term gain.

Additional Resources for your business

NSW Business Connect Bus

30 May 2019 - 9am to 3pm
The Business Connect Bus will be rolling back into Cessnock on Thursday 30 May 2019!

Register or come along if you need assistance with business strategies including, marketing, financial planning and legal advice.

Click here to find out more.

NSW Business Connect Advisors

Business Connect Advisors are experienced professionals who provide confidential advice independently from the NSW Government.

Click here to register for free business advice.

Hunter Region Business Hub

The Hunter Region Business Hub can assist existing small to medium enterprises who are experiencing issues, want to grow, or just want to be better.

The Business Centre

Through education, mentoring, advice and acceleration, The Business Centre offers practical solutions, guidance and direction to support you in achieving business growth and sustainability.

Fully and partially subsidised services are available to suit your individual needs, based on your industry sector, stage of business growth and personal skillsets.


Keeping you informed

Read the Latest Media Release

Council’s Infrastructure Manager, Katrina Kerr said "The program of works has been designed with businesses in mind including some night works. Temporary pedestrian access will also be in place to ensure foot traffic can navigate the work site and access businesses throughout the construction period". Read more...

View the Works Timeline

Find out more about Cessnock Under Construction and discover the background and history of the project.

Sign up to Work Updates

Register your business to the Cessnock Under Construction newsletter if you wish to be included in works dedicated correspondence from the Economic Development team.

View past media releases

Read all the past media releases by Cessnock City Council

View the Commercial Precinct Project Documents

Cessnock CBD Master Plan

A number of projects are planned to achieve the vision set out under the Cessnock CBD Master Plan.

Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project

The Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project consists of a suite of strategic planning documents that provide a long term vision, guidance and coordination for future development within the Cessnock Commercial Precinct.

Public Domain Plan and Implementation Plan

The Public Domain Plan (PDP) was prepared by Context Landscape Design in consultation with the Cessnock Council and the community.

Development Control Plan

The Development Control Plan provides development controls for the development of land comprising the ‘Cessnock Commercial Precinct’.

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The Cessnock Commercial Precinct project is funded through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and NSW Governments Restart NSW– Resources for Regions Program.

To find out more about this project including background information and what the future holds for the CBD visit:
Cessnock Under Construction

This page was last updated on:
22 May 2019


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