Scot MacDonald
1st Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced it will be simpler and faster to open a café, restaurant or small bar in Cessnock. Cessnock City Council is ‘going live’ with the NSW Government’s Easy to do Business program. 

Mr MacDonald said the decision by Council to join the program paves the way for an expanded foodie industry and café culture in the local area.

“Starting up a hospitality business used to mean completing up to 48 forms, talking to 13 government agencies, and waiting up to 18 months,” Mr MacDonald said.

“With Easy to do Business, local entrepreneurs can now complete one online form, call one phone number and open a café, restaurant or small bar in 90 days or less.

“New cafés, restaurants and small bars will create jobs, bring vibrancy to our streets, and foster a lively night time culture - I’m delighted that Council has gone live with this great program.”

Cessnock City Council Mayor Bob Pynsent said the Easy to do Business program is a great win for Cessnock, creating opportunities for the region’s economy and culture to thrive.

“Opening your own business is a big decision and it’s fantastic to be part of a program that will take some of that pressure off,” Mr Pynsent said.

"We support small business and look forward to supporting delivery of the Easy to do Business initiative.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro congratulated Cessnock City Council for getting on board with the Easy to Do Business program.

“As a former small business owner, I know how important it is to do everything we can to make it easier for businesses to start up, operate and employ people and Easy to Do Business is a fantastic opportunity for local entrepreneurs,” Mr Barilaro said.

Businesses wanting to start up a café, restaurant or small bar can apply at or phone 13 77 88.