Reaching from the Coolah Tops National Park in the north west to Morisset in the south east, and from Wollemi National Park in the south west to Harrington in the north east, the Hunter is a large and unique region.
We have the largest share of both regional population and regional employment and are located in the State’s fastest growing corridor – from the northern edge of Sydney to Newcastle. The Hunter boasts a diverse natural environment, and one of the fastest growing regional economies in Australia.
Our communities are also diverse; encompassing coastal hamlets, historic villages, growing suburbs, country towns, regional centres, and an emerging global city. Our region has been home to many generations of the Awabakal, Biripi, Darkinjung, Geawegal, Wonarua and Worimi people, with over ten Local Aboriginal Land Councils spanning the region.
The Hunter is currently experiencing a significant rise in population while also facing the decline of its traditional coal and energy-based industries. Our economy needs to evolve substantially and rapidly to maintain its considerable contribution to the State and Commonwealth economies, particularly as we approach a population of one million people by 2040. This is required to maintain the region’s resilience, liveability, and economic prosperity.
It is a core priority and function of the Hunter JO to support, advocate and collaborate with stakeholders across all levels of government to ensure the quality of life and opportunities available to our local communities are not eroded as the economic drivers of our region evolve and change. Direct competitive access to international markets will underpin and drive this transition to safeguard the future of the Hunter.