Scot MacDonald
27th Apr 2018

Cessnock residents are set to take part in an innovative program aimed at strengthening social housing communities through targeted projects tailored to their needs.

The program is a community-led initiative to facilitate projects which create a more connected environment with improved opportunities for education, training and employment.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC said the program would encourage Cessnock residents to draw on their own skills and knowledge to improve social cohesion in the community.

“These projects build strong and proud communities which help break the cycle of disadvantage,” Mr MacDonald said.

“We know that members of the community are stronger when they work together towards a shared goal and I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this program will have on the Cessnock community for many years to come.”

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this funding injection is vitally important to support our residents.

“We look forward to seeing the positive impacts these projects will generate and encourage community members to get involved in the consultation phase to help shape the future of their community.”

The program allows members of the local community to work with government, not-for-profit organisations and local businesses to develop a plan to create positive change.

Initiatives under the Place Plan for Cessnock include:

  • Creating job opportunities for residents
  • Enabling young people to become more involved with sport
  • Improving local parks to increase usage of outdoor space
  • Intensive mentoring for Aboriginal young people

Cessnock will receive $728,270 in NSW Government funding over three years to bring the projects to life.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said that Cessnock is one of seven new sites to be funded under the Place Plans program in 2018, in addition to nine existing sites.

“Each Place Plan draws on the strengths of the local community and I am pleased that our social housing residents in Cessnock will be able to now access supports that can assist them fulfil their potential,” Ms Goward said.

Community consultation on the design and implementation of programs under the Place Plan will commence shortly.