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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Cessnock projects receive $1.3 million funding

Cessnock City Council will fund four exciting community projects after garnering more than $1.3 million from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.

The organisation received $482,198 for the beautification of Kurri Kurri’s Rotary Park; $420,300 towards stage two of the Cessnock Pool splash pad; $309,700 is headed for the Cessnock City Cultural Hub; and $100,000 was allocated for the Cessnock Disadvantaged Youth Driver Training initiative.

Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent is looking forward to these projects getting underway.

“This funding is critical to enable projects like the Cessnock Pool splash pad to continue into stage two,” Cr Pynsent said.

“It’ll also support larger ones like the upgrade of the Kurri Kurri CBD and the redesign of the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.”

The splash pad (stage two) – which is expected to start following the 2020-21 pool season – will provide for the establishment of more shade, seating, safety features, landscaping and other improvements.

The beautification of Rotary Park is part of the implementation of stage three of the adopted Kurri Kurri Masterplan.

The upgrade will include new park furniture, signage, lighting and improved amenity through additional landscaping.

Work is set to begin in the first half of 2021.

The establishment of the Cessnock City Cultural Hub is still at concept phase with council keen to progress plans next year.

The grant will be used to fund the modifications to the first floor to create a makers and exhibition space, secure art storeroom and construction of a ramp and other modifications to ensure better access to the cultural hub.

The Cessnock Disadvantaged Youth Driver Training Program will see council, the Hunter Region Employment Facilitator and Youth Express partner early in 2021 to deliver professional driver training and mentoring for the most disadvantaged local youth where the lack of a driver’s licence is the barrier to employment.