Cessnock gians due recognition as a mining community

At long last the people of the Cessnock LGA have been given due recognition for their contribution to mining in the Hunter region. The NSW Government has announced that Cessnock is now in a mine affected community.

After the Newcastle coal seams were worked out it was the East Greta seam that attracted the most attention with mines opening up all around the Cessnock LGA. At one time Kurri Kurri had 13 mines in its direct vicinity along with Greta, Branxton and the Cessnock coal fields. Today there are two operational mines left in the area but many of the coalfields workforce still work in the mines around Lake Macquarie and the Upper Hunter.

The great coal mines of the Cessnock LGA shut down during the 1960’s which saw unemployment sore in the Coalfields towns of Cessnock and Kurri Kurri with close to 40% unemployment.

It is hoped that the recognition of Cessnock as a mine affected area announced on Tuesday 27 May by the Coalition Government of NSW translates into real financial benefits to the Cessnock LGA.