The future for the Hunter will be built on its rich natural assets, its people and decades of strength in energy production, agriculture, mining and heavy industry, with expertise in engineering, manufacturing, health and logistics. These foundations, interconnected with an innovative and collaborative mindset, allow the Hunter to face changes with confidence, to look ahead for new prospects and new industries to capitalise on local, national and global opportunities. Located north of Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter offers a choice of regional and urban lifestyles. The Hunter region relates to a geographical area comprising the following nine Local Government Areas: Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens Singleton, Upper Hunter.


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32,748 km²

420,883 total jobs with GRP of $66.7B
Source: AEC Group (2022-23)

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Earp Distilling Co © Destination NSW
Coal Loader | Hunter RDA
Newcastle Memorial Walk © Destination NSW
Newcastle Light Rail | RDA Hunter

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