Around the Kurri District


Ward D is one of four wards in the Cessnock Local Government area. Generally it covers all towns and communities east of South Maitland railway line and east of Leggetts Drive from Pelaw Main to the gap at Freemans Waterhole.(See ward map)

The major towns and communities in the area include Kurri Kurri, South Weston, Heddon Greta, Cliftleigh, Stanford Merthyr, Buchanan, Buttai & Blackhill. Pelaw Main, Mulbring & Mt Vincent areas.

The district has a history greater than 110 years of agriculture, timber, mining, aluminium manufacturing, textiles and service industries. The main town in Ward D, Kurri Kurri was gazetted in 1902 to service the rapidly growing coal industry which consisted of 13 coalmines in the area.

The district has been used as a political football during its 110 year history first losing its status as a Shire Council  in 1906 to Tarro, then to Kearsley and finally as part of Cessnock City Council area. At State and Federal level the community has been part of Cessnock, Maitland, Wallsend, Shortland, Charlton and Hunter.

The community is building its own unique identity as a world renowned mural town with 50 murals painted on outdoor buildings since 2002 making it the largest mural town on mainland Australia.

With the completion of the Hunter Expressway in 2013 the community will have direct links to Newcastle, Sydney and north western NSW.

Recent Posts about Ward D and the Community

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September 26th, 2020

Bricks and mortar we have plenty, but fewer medical services are being delivered in Maitland in 2022. One would have believed back in 2011 that the people of the Maitland State Electorate and Lower Hunter were going to get a State of the Art new Hospital that they expected when MP[...]

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December 18th, 2019

IN ONE EASY LESSON ON AGENDA 21 Awareness of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is racing across the nation as citizens in community after community are learning what their city planners are actually up to. As awareness grows, I am receiving more and more calls for tools to help activists fight[...]

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August 17th, 2019

Finally the Kurri Kurri end of the LGA is about to get some recognition Going back to 2010, some 9 years ago Kurri Kurri business people and one Ward D Labor councilor raised concerns about the neglect and deteriation occurring in the Kurri Kurri CBD Footpaths were constructed of various mediums including[...]

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My say

October 4th, 2018

Why does Kurri Kurri Exist (My say) It was 47 years ago last May that I had my first taste of the Coalfields, in particular Kurri Kurri. As a young Ambulance Officer with the NSW Ambulance Service, I was transferred to Maitland Ambulance Station to work. In those days and as far back[...]

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Cessnock Liberals ask for answers

August 23rd, 2016

The Liberals for Cessnock team have called on the Mayor of Cessnock, Councillor Bob Pynsent and Greens Councillor James Ryan to explain to voters why they disregarded the wishes of the local community when approving the construction of a mosque and funeral home in the rural area of Buchanan earlier this year. Advertising material recently delivered to homes in Ward B on behalf of [...]