The Hunter region is home to over 9% of the NSW population and is the largest growth centre in NSW outside the Sydney basin.
The Hunter offers steadily growing employment and investment opportunities across the region as well as a quality lifestyle. It is predicted that the Hunter will become home to a population of one million people within the next thirty to forty years.
The economy of the Hunter enjoys a number of strengths and makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy. The region is rich in resources and underpinned by the world’s best quality coal, natural water resources, significant electricity generation capacity, an innovative manufacturing sector and a progressive business culture.
The region boasts leading research and education facilities, world class wine and equine industries, vibrant cultural and tourism opportunities and a quality lifestyle for its population. The Hunter is positioning itself strongly as a world-class regional centre. The Hunter’s location on Australia’s eastern seaboard, between Melbourne and Brisbane, and two hours’ drive from Sydney together with an impressive transport infrastructure gives the region a competitive edge in accessing Australian and international markets.
Newcastle is poised to become a leading, globally competitive city. It is Australia’s seventh largest city and is the regional capital serving the Lower Hunter and the Upper Hunter and parts of the Central Coast, as well as the major city in the northern part of an integrated Greater Metropolitan Region. The transformation of the city is evident in the larger scale and efficient commercial, transport and residential construction investment and the associated improvements in productivity.
The Hunter region relates to a geographical area comprising the following eleven local government areas, Cessnock, Dungog, Gloucester, Great Lakes, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens Singleton, Upper Hunter.