Cessnock named NSW tidiest town
Cessnock has taken out the state title and six other awards at this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities Awards.
Named as New South Wales’ tidiest town, Cessnock now proceeds to the national awards which will be held next March, and will host the 2019 state awards.
The accolade comes after a Tidy Town assessor spent a day in Cessnock earlier this year, viewing several local sustainability and environmental initiatives, and visiting the Cessnock Men’s Shed, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and the council, where presentations were given on Council’s waste and recycling program, and a biodiversity engagement strategy.
Along with the top gong, Heritage and Cultural Awards were given to the gallery and Wollombi’s Yengo Gallery, the Cessnock Waste Management Centre Transfer Station received a waste minimisation award, and the biodiversity strategy received a Habitat and Wildlife Conservation Award.
Council’s energy efficiency project was awarded as a sustainable project, and the Wollombi Display Board was noted for community spirit.
“These initiatives are contributing to ensuring the future of our vibrant, sustainable and liveable city,” Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said.
“Council staff and community groups work tirelessly for our community.
“Their community spirit and pride is what makes our local government area so special.”