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The Hunter is recognised as the leading regional economy in NSW and the government is making significant infrastructure investments in the region.


The draft Hunter Region Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) determination proposes to seek a contribution from developers for new development on previously undeveloped land. The contribution will go towards ongoing investment across the Hunter including more roads, schools, health and emergency services.


The draft Hunter Region SIC proposed approach was exhibited from 15 December 2017 to 28 February 2018 and the draft SIC determination, direction and order was exhibited on 14 January 2019.


This public exhibition of the draft determination and its supporting documents closed on 25 February 2019. We would like to thank the community for viewing the draft determination and making a submission.


Special Infrastructure Contributions

The Hunter Region SIC will apply to new residential and industrial development in land release residential and industrial areas. It will replace voluntary planning agreements to meet requirements to contribute to State and regional infrastructure. This is in response to Action 26.6 of the Hunter Regional Plan 2036, which states a Special Infrastructure Contribution Plan will be prepared for the Hunter region.


An overview of the proposed Hunter Region SIC is in Frequently asked questions.


Service catchment areas

The Department has been working closely with Hunter Councils on the proposed Hunter Region SIC which will apply to the local government areas of Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter.


There are three service catchment areas: Lower Hunter, Mid Coast, and Upper Hunter. Each will have its own contribution rate.


Transitional arrangements

Some development areas in the Hunter Region already have infrastructure funding arrangements in place, or arrangements are being made. The Guideline for sites under development outlines the transitional arrangements for specific development areas already under development.


Note: The Department received feedback during the exhibition period and transitional arrangements, including proposed financial contributions, are currently under review. Until this review is complete, the financial contributions outlined in the draft proposed 2018 SIC will not be used.


Have your say

The public was invited to have their say on the next stage of the development of the Hunter Region SIC by commenting on the draft determination and supporting documents from 14 January 2019 to 25 February 2019.


You can still view the draft determination which:

  • sets the contribution rates;
  • identifies the infrastructure the SIC will fund;
  • outlines the development to which the SIC applies; and
  • outlines how the SIC is to be made.

This draft determination is supported by a:

  • draft direction which; gives effect to the determination by directing consent authorities to impose conditions of consent that require contributions to be made in accordance with the determination
  • draft order that; identifies the special contributions area to which the determination applies; and
  • maps; include a series of released land maps referred to in the draft determination.

More information

For more information email the Department or phone 1300 305 695.Translation assistance is available; call 131 450.

Page last updated: 15/11/2019