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Cessnock City enjoys large expanses of open space, a backdrop of natural and rural scenery makes it easy to unwind and appreciate the peace of our Countryside. However, you are never too far away from a good coffee or the comforts of urban life. Cessnock City has well established health and education facilities, and excellent cultural, sporting venues.

Cessnock City Council has a role both as a leader and partner to advocate for economic development across our local government area.

View our information booklet, Circle Cessnock for more information:

Our Community’s Vision also reflects the significance of economic development:

“Cessnock will be a cohesive and welcoming community living in an attractive and sustainable rural environment with a diversity of business and employment opportunities supported by accessible infrastructure and services which effectively meet community need”.

Economic Development Objectives:

• Support creation of local long term and stable employment opportunities
• Enable and encourage diverse and long term appropriate investment in our economy (built, environment, human)
• Attract business, government and industry to establish or expand locally to mitigate reliance on dominant industries
• Promote ongoing investment in a skilled workforce
• Strengthen the local economy and improve resilience through recognising the need to enhance Cessnock local government area’s amenity, image and quality of life
• Develop mutually beneficial cooperative partnerships across the community
• Respond and adapt appropriately to changes within our economy and recognise future opportunities



Whilst our communities were built on mining, this has been significantly reduced within the Cessnock local government area, with much of this industry moving north. Austar Coal Mine is a deep underground coal mine located approximately 10km south west of Cessnock. Xstrata West Wallsend Colliery is an underground coal mining operation located near the eastern local government area border, and the Bloomfield Colliery Open Cut is located south of nearby East Maitland and is one of the Hunter Valley’s oldest continuous running open cut operations. The Donaldson Open Cut Mine is located approximately 25km from the Port of Newcastle, on a mining lease contained within both Maitland and Cessnock Council areas.


The Hunter Valley’s Wine Industry employs over 7000 people with over $500 million spent annually within the local area and industry. The Hunter Valley brand is recognised in the world of wine as one of the top 3 regional wine brands in Australia. In 2009, the Hunter Valley wine region produced 26,411 tonnes of Wine Grapes, equivalent to about 1.9 million cases. Cessnock Local Government Area boasts many of the Hunter Valley’s eminent subregions including Mount View, Lovedale, Pokolbin, Rothbury and North Rothbury.


The Hunter Valley is NSW’s second most visited Tourism destination after Sydney. The region is also Australia’s oldest wine producing region and Australia’s top wine tourism destination attracting around 2.5 million overnight visitors each year. Wine Tourism in the Hunter Valley is estimated to be worth $521 million supporting just under 3000 jobs. The flow on effect of tourism spending and investment is estimated at approximately $227 million.


Explosive Manufacturer, Orica Explosives is a major employer in the local government area. A number of manufacturing, engineering and mining support businesses contribute significantly to local employment.Weston Aluminium process and recycle aluminium by-products in an environmentally efficient and responsible manner. Weston Aluminium manufactures de-oxidants and ingots from recovered aluminium metal. The residual non metallic particles are manufactured into various products for the steel and cement industries.

Cessnock City has the potential to attract and support service industries such as :

  • Mining support services such as engineering, equipment, maintenance, freight
  • Wine support services such as specialised transport, materials handling and packaging
  • Medical services and research
  • Aluminium fabrication and downstream processing
  • Agribusiness, including processing, packaging, research
  • Transport and distribution
  • Recycling and sustainable development industries
  • Rural and farmgate industries