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High-flying events lift Cessnock’s economic spirits

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After a couple of lean years, the Cessnock business community is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

That’s thanks, according to local councillor Anthony Burke, to a plethora of events making their way to the region again.

Recent concerts by Crowded House and Andrea Bocelli at Bimbadgen Estate and Hope Estate respectively, as well as the Cessnock Stomp Festival, have attracted big crowds, with the promise of numbers set to swell even further in the foreseeable future.

In the coming months, The Corrs (26 November – Hope Estate), The Killers (17 December – Hope Estate), Sting (18 February – Bimbadgen Estate), Red Hot Summer (25 March – Roche Estate) and Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper (1 April – Roche Estate) are venturing to the coalfields.

Cessnock City councillor Anthony Burke. Photo: Rod Thompson

Now, you can add the Hunter Valley Airshow to the list, which returns to Cessnock Airport on 25-26 March.

“It’s definitely an asset to the region,” Cr Burke said.

“Cessnock City Council always loves to stage events like the Hunter Valley Airshow.

“Our local families are constantly looking for something to do – and this fits the bill.

“Following an extended period of being locked up, due to COVID, it’s exciting to have things like the Hunter Valley Airshow taking off annually.

“And, the positive thing [for us] is the organisers chose to bring it to Cessnock, which is a win for everyone.

“We’ve been working with Paul Bennet and the team for a while to ensure it goes ahead again.

“These events don’t happen overnight.

“There are lots of processes, development applications… for example.

“So, it’s certainly many months in the planning.”

Cr Burke admitted the economic advantages were significant, too.

“It’s not just the event, it’s not just the accommodation either,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“It is all of the local businesses here in Cessnock that’ll benefit.

“The millions of dollars visitors will inject into our local economy is definitely welcomed, especially after the pandemic.

“Businesses have struggled and, some, are still struggling.

“So, with events like this (Hunter Valley Airshow) – concerts back on the calendar and more recently with Stomp in town attracting 27,000 – we’re hopefully on the road to recovery.

“The business community is excited to see more things in the LGA because there’s that flow-on effect.

“It also keeps people in jobs locally.”

For more information about the Hunter Valley Airshow and how to buy tickets, visit https://www.huntervalleyairshow.com.au/

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