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The Hunter is the leading regional economy in Australia, with thriving communities and a biodiversity-rich natural environment. The Hunter is home to more than 860,000 people and is still growing due to its reputation as one of the great places to live, work and play.

 

The Hunter Regional Plan sets a 20-year strategic planning blueprint for the future of the region to address needs for housing, jobs, infrastructure, a healthy environment, connected communities and open, green spaces.

 

What’s happening now?

A draft Hunter Expressway Strategy has been developed to help deliver the vision in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036, for the Hunter to be the leading regional economy in Australia with a vibrant metropolitan city at its heart.

 

Find out more about the draft strategy.

 

Aerial view of Merewether Beach, Newcastle. Credit: Destination NSW

Hunter Regional Plan 2036

Hunter Regional Plan 2036

The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year blueprint for the future of the Hunter.

Read our online version of the plan for all the details
Picnic area at Hunter Valley Gardens near Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village. Pokolbin, NSW. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Jaime Plaza Van Roon

Delivering the plan

Delivering the plan

The Hunter Regional Plan is a 20-year strategy to guide land use planning decisions for the Hunter.

Find out how we’re delivering the plan for the future of the region
People walk or ride their bicycles along the boardwalk at Honeysuckle Precinct. Newcastle, NSW. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Jaime Plaza Van Roon

Greater Newcastle metropolitan planning

Greater Newcastle metropolitan planning

The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 was released in October 2018 to help deliver on the vision for the Region and create great places across Greater Newcastle.

Read the plan
Farmland, Hunter Valley near Scone. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Jaime Plaza Van Roon

Resources

Hunter Region resources

Key resources providing background information on the Hunter Region.

Access the resources