Mayor calls for meeting with Deputy Premier

Mayor of Cessnock, Cr. Bob Pynsent will lodge a Mayoral Minute at tonight’s council meeting, calling for an urgent meeting with Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner regarding Cessnock’s omission from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.

“I find it absolutely amazing that the broadened eligibility list under the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions announced this week does not include the Cessnock LGA and I want to know what can be done about it,” Cr. Pynsent said.

“I will table a Mayoral Minute at (tonight’s) council meeting recommending that council write to the Deputy Premier to seek an urgent meeting to discuss the Resources for Regions Program.

“We have four operating mines in the LGA, we have coal trains passing through our LGA, we have haulage trucks on our roads and quite frankly the volume of traffic travelling through the LGA to the mines in the north is a major contributor to the deteriorating condition of our road network.

“Council is constantly barraged with complaints about the condition of our roads, quite rightly in many instances, and we simply do not have the funds to meet the needs of our community.

“Cessnock is a member of the Association of Mining Related Councils, the majority of our townships in the LGA came into being around the old mines and for the NSW Government to overlook the area which is still to this day referred to as the coalfields defies belief,“ Cr. Pynsent said.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner