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Kurri Kurri, Cessnock big winners from council budget

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A multi-million-dollar upgrade to the Kurri Kurri CBD is just one of the many “big ticket” projects set to finally come to fruition following Cessnock City Council’s extraordinary meeting this week.

Councillors adopted the 2022-26 Delivery Program, which incorporates the 2022-23 Operational Plan, on Wednesday night.

That means residents can now look forward to hundreds of exciting endeavours, with far-reaching benefits, delivered under an impressive $146m 2022-23 budget, which features a record $59.8m Capital Works Program, of which more than 50% is grant-funded.

For the Kurri Kurri community, the injection of $4.1m into their town centre is long overdue after the masterplan gained approval in 2016.

The work’s expected to enhance the visual amenity, improve traffic flow and accessibility for pedestrians, and complement the local character of the township.

Other highlights of the budget include the start of construction on the NSW RFS Aviation Base; $3m to complete the Branxton to Greta Cycleway; completion of the Cessnock Airport upgrade; “black spot” road renewal works at Bucketty’s George Downes Drive and Cessnock’s Oakey Creek Road, Cessnock; and the Watagan Creek Laguna bridge replacement.

Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal said council had listened to the community – and focused on their top priorities.

“Local roads and pathways will receive a $28.2m investment in 2022-23, and the roads maintenance budget will see a 14.3% increase to $5.8m,” he stated.

“Key road and pathway projects will include a $2.1m upgrade to Old Maitland Road, Sawyers Gully, $1.9m for the renewal of Sandy Creek Road, Quorrobolong, and $3.2m for the Bridges Hill Park to Wine Country shared pathway.

“Council will also invest $6.7m in our local parks, playgrounds, pools and community facilities, which all play a vital role in making Cessnock a wonderful place to live.”

To view the 2022-26 Delivery Program, visit council’s website.

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