Jerry Schwartz and Cessnock Council at loggerheads over subdivision for Madoo Museum and Cultural Hub

Matthew Kelly
By Matthew Kelly
Updated June 12 2022 - 10:46pm, first published 10:42pm
Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation chair Lee Hinton and CEO Laurie Perry, Jerry Schwartz, former Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen and former Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent at the site of the proposed cultural centre at Lovedale in 2020.

The vision is to create a first class museum and cultural hub to celebrate the Hunter's proud Indigenous heritage at Cessnock.


Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly


Matthew Kelly has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been working as a general reporter at the Newcastle Herald since 2018. In recent years he has reported on subjects including environment, energy, water security, manufacturing and higher education. He has previously covered issues including the health and environmental impacts of uncovered coal wagons in the Hunter Valley, the pollution of legacy of former industrial sites and freedom of information issues.