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Values, Principles & Approach

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 needs.

Values, Principles & Approach

Approach to strategy preparation:
• Community and business surveys, plus an audit of the businesses within the LGA.
• Community workshops in Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Lovedale, Ellalong, Wollombi, Branxton and Pokolbin.
• Workshops with the Cessnock Chamber of Commerce, Education and Employment providers and the Creative and Cultural industry sector.
• Interviews with stakeholders including a range of business operators, business and industry associations, Government Agencies and service providers and surrounding LGAs.

Strategy Aim

• Initiative and promote growth and investment.
• Provide a diverse range of employment opportunities.
• Diversify the economic base of the LGA, reducing dependence on a few key activities.
• Assist in securing sustainability and social equity.
• Enhance and strengthen the overall amenity, resilience and liveability of the community.

Strategy Objectives

A connected, safe and creative community;
A sustainable and healthy environment;
Accessible infrastructure, services and facilities;
Civic leadership and effective governance.

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