Road, footpaths and bridges prioritised in draft Operational Plan 2023

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Cessnock City Council is set to invest approximately $67.3 million on roads, drains, bridges, flood management and other capital works projects across the city in the next financial year.

A draft Operational Plan currently on public exhibition outlines Council priorities for next 12 months, and includes a $44.9 million investment in road and infrastructure improvements, incorporating road renewal programs, drainage and bridge construction, along with a further $5.5 million on works support services and facilities.

Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal said this year’s plan sees exciting projects and initiatives planned across the region in key focus areas that guide our Delivery Program.

“Upgrading community infrastructure, and undertaking work on local roads, footpaths, and bridges continue to be key priorities under this program,” he said.

“Community feedback has stressed the importance of road investment and maintenance, and this plan delivers just that.”

GM Ken Liddell said Council’s draft Operational Plan demonstrates how Council continues to adapt its service delivery in line with unprecedented challenges.

“Our considerable program of works reflects our commitment to progressing recovery efforts following recent natural disasters. Council is focused on making the necessary investments in recovery, remediation and resilience in the face of these challenges,” he said.

Key projects include:

  • Road rehabilitation for Mount View Road, Cessnock and Sandy Creek Road, Quorrobolong
  • Road rehabilitation and construction for Orange Street, Abermain
  • Wollombi Road upgrade
  • Bridge replacements at Watagan Creek, Laguna and Westcott Street, Cessnock
  • Natural disaster rehabilitation for the Yango Creek Road Causeway and Glenloona Road, Laguna
  • Pathway construction from Branxton to Greta
  • Flood mitigation works for South Cessnock
  • Mount View detention basin improvement
  • A Rural Fire Service aviation base at Cessnock Airport
  • Construction of multipurpose courts at Miller Park

The draft Operational Plan 2023-24, which marks the second year of Council’s current Delivery Program, is on public exhibition until 26 May 2023.

Visit to find out more about the draft operational plan (including details of information sessions) and to have your say. You can also view the Capital Works Program on the interactive map located here:

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