Cessnock City Council is no stranger to fighting for jobs.
It's most recent quest to remedy unemployment has come in the form of a blueprint outlining strategies for jobs growth over the next 15 years.
The council is focussed on creating more jobs for the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) and has unveiled the draft Greater Cessnock Jobs Strategy 2036 which is now on public exhibition.
The draft Strategy outlines economic development priorities and opportunities that will maximise the potential and prosperity of the Cessnock LGA.
An example of a local business operator creating local jobs and pushing through the pandemic is Brie McGahen, Creative Director of Picottee Floral Design in Greta. In just three years, she's grown Picottee from a solo venture to the full-time floral art studio of her dreams.
Cessnock Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said Cessnock needed to strengthen its position as a desired place to live, visit and work.
"We want to harness every opportunity available," he said.
"Growth and investments are critical to our ongoing prosperity, combined with the need to diversify our economic base. Council has revised its Investment Prospectus and developed a draft Economic Growth Agenda. We advocate for investment in our region and these documents are all part of showcasing the LGA."
As a result of the draft strategy council wants to see job and wage growth, more education attainment and increased visitor expenditure. To view the draft strategy visit council's Have Your Say section on the website. All feedback must be received by Thursday, May 20.