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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Facts Vs Climate Doomsayers

May 26th, 2021

  To avoid wasting time when debating any topic it is important to confirm WHAT facts are  agreed upon and what are  NOT. This includes Climate Change and its relationship to Co2 INDISPUTABLE FACTS 1. The Earth is approximately 4,5 Billion years old . 2. There has been climate change/global warming/ global cooling -cc/gw/gc-  o[...]

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Man Versus CO2

May 24th, 2021

WRITTEN BY: PATRICK MOORE, PHD, GLOBAL WARMING POLICY FOUNDATION OCTOBER 30, 2015 TN Note: The following is a lecture delivered by Patrick Moore, formerly President of Greenpeace Int’l, to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London. He is a vocal critic of faulty science that supports climate-change caused by humans. S[...]

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May 17th, 2021

Firstly, I would like to say that I am no expert the topic of Kurri Kurri having come from a Coastal dwellers lifestyle, growing up at Stockton the holiday resort for hundreds of Coalfields people over many decades. As kids we wondered why all the people came from those funny named[...]

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May 7th, 2021

Kurri Kurri district residents need assurances on Health Services A group of community leaders met in Kurri Kurri week commencing 22 February and again in March to discuss concerns they have about the retention of hospital health services in their area. Of immediate concern is the loss of ED (Emergency Department) services.[...]

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January 20th, 2021

It was back in the year 2000 some 20 years ago that young Kurri Kurri lad Brendan Brooks asked me if he could build a website to promote Kurri Kurri. Now consider that this was only 5 years after the introduction of the World Wide Web to Australian audiences and[...]