Invitations are currently being offered to all community members within the Branxton Sub-Regional Area to express their interest in becoming members of the Branxton Precinct Working Group.
Cessnock City Council, Singleton Council and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment is preparing a jointly funded Strategy that will aim to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the recently completed Hunter Expressway and future town known as Huntlee.
Developed in consultation with the Branxton Sub-Regional Area community, the Strategy will provide guidance on the future development of the Branxton area, particularly the Town Centre, and associated social and recreational services.
The Branxton Sub-Regional Area borders on the Maitland Local Government Area, encompasses the suburb of East Branxton, and parts of the suburbs of Branxton, Greta, Rothbury, North Rothbury, Leconfield and Belford.
“Branxton is a beautiful town with a community of people with a can-do attitude,” Cessnock Mayor Councillor, Bob Pynsent, said.
“This Strategy will be great for locals in giving them a voice and bringing together a whole host of ideas on how we can benefit from the multitudes of people using the Hunter Expressway. There will be many opportunities when Huntlee opens too, and Branxton needs to be a part of the action.”
Invitations being offered specifically relate to members of the residential, business and sporting community of the Branxton Sub-Regional Area.
Selected members will be required to attend up to six meetings over the coming 18 months or more where they will represent their nominated community group in the direction of the Sub-Regional Land Use Strategy and Masterplan.
All members of the Branxton Sub-Regional Area are encouraged to express their interest. Application forms and further details concerning the criteria for selecting members of the Precinct Working Group are provided on both the Cessnock City Council and Singleton Council websites.
Expressions of Interest are accepted until close of business Monday 30 June 2014.
Local government has been in operation in the Cessnock area since 1906 when the Shire of Cessnock held its first meeting. During the following years there were several amalgamations and splits as new Shires were formed and reshaped until Cessnock was declared a City in 1958.
Cessnock City Council provides a diverse range of services and facilities for the residents of the LGA as well as visitors to the area.