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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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 [...]

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Liberals for Cessnock demand answers from Labor and Greens on Buchanan development

August 22nd, 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 [...]

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A Better Way to Live

October 28th, 2015

   Rule 1… for a Better Way to Live Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life th[...]

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Social media and your will

October 27th, 2015

Legal people urge YOU to leave social media details including Facebook passwords in their wills alongside family heirlooms, savings and house deeds The move stops distressing comments being left which family cannot delete It also prevents bills mounting up for groceries and electricity accounts People should keep passwords in a separate document for[...]

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Potted history of the Cessnock LGA

October 21st, 2015

MY SAY I have been invited here today to speak on the history of the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri district. Firstly, I would like to say that I am no expert on this topic having come from a Coastal dwellers lifestyle, growing up at Stockton the holiday resort for hundreds of[...]