Published on Jan 11, 2016

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The Draft Hunter Regional Plan reveals the State Government’s ambitious plans for development of the Hunter Region, including formal recognition of a super Hunter City and a single strategic planning framework for the 11 councils in the region.

It is proposed the 20-year draft Plan, once finalised, will replace the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy (which covers the Cessnock LGA), as well as the Mid North Coast Regional Strategy and the Upper Hunter Strategic Regional Land Use Plan.

These three regions will be split into four landscape subregions—Hunter City, Western Hunter, Northern Tops and Hunter’s North East Coast.

Although not a distinct subregion it is proposed that recognition will also be granted to a Hunter City Hinterland zone because of the significant overlap both regional and metropolitan issues wield on this area.

The Hinterland zone will include towns like Cessnock and Nelson Bay which are adjacent to the proposed Hunter City’s boundary.

The Government’s four goals for the Hunter region are to:

  1. Grow Australia’s next major city, Hunter City.
  2. Grow the largest regional economy in Australia through growth of the Hunter’s service, knowledge and value-adding sectors, and continued support of the energy sector.
  3. Protect and connect natural environments by balancing measures to protect unique land and water environments with ongoing use and development of land and resources.
  4. Support robust regional communities across the Hunter by ensuring access to jobs, housing, services, shops, recreation and entertainment.

Comments on the Draft Hunter Regional Plan and the Draft Plan for Growing Hunter City are invited until 28 February 2016. Click here to have your say.

Proposed Hunter subregions

Proposed Hunter subregions

Proposed Hunter City boundaries

Proposed Hunter City boundaries

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