Our Board has identified the following five advocacy focuses to form the basis of our current targeted advocacy activity:
The Hunter is a region on the precipice of change. It is a powerhouse whose future will shape the NSW economy. Radical intervention is required to maintain the liveability and economic prosperity of the Hunter as we approach one million people by 2040.
The Hunter has the largest regional economy in Australia, driving around 28% of regional NSW’s total economic output, $23 billion of which can be attributed to coal exports.
We need to work together with all levels of government and regional stakeholders to build the region’s resilience to changing global energy demands and maintain its significant contribution to Australia’s economies.
The economic opportunity and value contributed by every individual needs to be maintained and improced as the region diversifies away from coal.
The Hunter JO’s Advocacy Framework and Priorities document links directly to the Hunter JO Strategic Plan 2032 and establishes clear alignment on the Board’s policy positions, priorities, and advocacy “asks”.
The document is structured around six regional priority statements which are linked, and further deliver on, the Strategic Plan themes. These plans combined set the strategy and priorities for the regional delivery of outcomes and reflect the Board’s direction that collective regional advocacy is a critical function of the Hunter JO.
The structure of the framework and the advocacy priorities and “asks” has been informed and substantially by an analysis of: