Scot MacDonald
1st Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Cessnock City Council Mayor Bob Pynsent to announce $3.5 million in funding from the NSW Liberal National Government towards the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation Masterplan.

The funding is from the Resources for Regions program and will be matched by a contribution of $3.2 million from Cessnock City Council.

The Masterplan aims to develop a town square for Cessnock CBD which will encourage commercial investment and provide a central focal point for community activity. It also aims to improve access for users through delivering a regional playground and formalising pedestrian access to recreational parks.

Mr MacDonald said the renewal of the Cessnock CBD is an important social and economic development.

“The NSW Liberal National Government recognises the revitalisation of CBD will underpin the strength of Cessnock as a significant regional hub. Renewal will stimulate jobs and community activity in the heart of the city,” Mr MacDonald said.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he is extremely excited Council has been successful again under this program.

“This funding program has already provided some fantastic results for our region, including the Broke and Hermitage Road and Cycleway project which we completed in partnership with Singleton Council.”

“Council has received $1.4 million for stage two of the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation Masterplan. Council will match the funding and contribute $1.4 million to see this project come to life.”

“Works to the public domain will enhance the amenity of the town centre and improve circulation and connectivity for pedestrians and vehicles. The announcement is a turning point for our CBD, it will encourage business investment and provide a central focal point for community activity.”

“We also received $2.1 million in funding for the third stage of the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation Masterplan that has a project cost of $4.3 million.

“This stage is aimed at diversifying recreational opportunities and improving access for our residents. We will now move forward in the construction of a regional playground at Bridges Hill and continue the work on improving pedestrian access.”

Other funding sources to the project include $300,000 from the National Stronger Regions Fund, $49,750 from the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Infrastructure Fund and $10,000 from Cessnock Wine Country Lions Club.