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Share what you love about our local villages

Kearsley local Jane Goldie with Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal at Kearsley Remembrance Garden

Cessnock City Council is preparing Local Character Statements and Public Domain Plans for 15 local villages and is calling on residents to help identify which ones are important to them and why.


The villages highlighted in the project include Abermain, Abernethy, Ellalong, Greta, Kearsley, Kitchener, Laguna, Millfield, Mulbring, Neath, North Rothbury, Paxton, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr and Wollombi.

Community input will help Council define the existing and desired future character and qualities for each village, and capture a community-based vision to help guide the planning for each, including public domain works.

To gain this valuable input from the community, Council will conduct an online survey and host a series of drop-in and phone consultation sessions from Monday 21 February to Friday 18 March 2022.

The drop-in sessions will be held from 3-6pm in Wollombi (1 March), Ellalong (2 March), Abermain (8 March), Mulbring (10 March) and Greta (17 March). Bookings are required for these sessions which can be done via Council’s website at

Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal said it was so important for residents to take part in this consultation as no one knows these villages better than the locals do.

“Each of these villages has its own unique qualities, character and history, and so much of this has been influenced by the people who have lived in them, both past and present,” Councillor Suvaal said.
“Not only will having your say allow Council to develop accurate character statements for each of these villages, but it will help to capture what you want to see happen in the future.”

For more information and to share what you love and would like to see in these local villages, please visit



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