Works start on Cumberland Street pedestrian refuge and improved pedestrian access in North Avenue and Keene Street in Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation Program

An artist's impression of a revitalised Cessnock CBD
An artist's impression of a revitalised Cessnock CBD

Work is beginning this month on upgrades to Cessnock's CBD which council warns will cause some disruptions.

Cessnock Council is taking the first steps in its vision for a new and improved CBD with work to begin this month on a Cumberland Street pedestrian refuge and improved pedestrian access in North Avenue and Keene Street.

The pedestrian refuge is expected to take two weeks before work starts on the pedestrian access. Crews will undertake night works to complete the project over the coming weeks.

But Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent said the disruption was temporary.

“The short term pain of disruption from construction will be outweighed by the long term benefit of a revitalised, safer and more connected CBD that will be an attractive place to visit with features that appeal to visitors and locals," he said.

The works are part of the Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation Program which comprises a number of sub-projects to deliver the Cessnock CBD Master Plan and subsequent Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project.

This project proposes to enhance Cessnock CBD as an attractive place to visit with features that appeal to visitors and locals alike.

These include thriving retail opportunities, easy access to car parking and well connected, visually appealing public spaces. The new CBD will feature interpretive signage, cycling opportunities and pedestrian friendly accesses.

The program is funded through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and NSW Governments Restart NSW– Resources for Regions Program.

For more information on works being carried out visit cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/cessnock_construction.