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The NSW Government’s vision for the Hunter is: the leading regional economy in Australia with a vibrant new metropolitan city at its heart.

 

To achieve this vision the Government has set four goals for the region:

  • The leading regional economy in Australia
  • A biodiversity–rich natural environment
  • Thriving communities
  • Greater housing choice and jobs.

 

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Vision

The leading regional economy in Australia with a vibrant new metropolitan at its heart.

Vision
The leading regional economy in Australia with a vibrant new metropolitan at its heart.
Read about the vision for the Hunter Region
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Goal 1 - The leading regional economy in Australia

The Hunter is the largest regional economy in Australia, ranking above TAS, the NT and the ACT in terms of economic output.

Goal 1 - The leading regional economy in Australia

The Hunter is the largest regional economy in Australia, ranking above TAS, the NT and the ACT in terms of economic output.

Find out what makes the Hunter the leading regional economy
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Goal 2 - A biodiversity–rich natural environment

The Hunter’s diverse natural environment includes some of the most unique ecological systems in Australia.

Goal 2 - A biodiversity–rich natural environment

The Hunter’s diverse natural environment includes some of the most unique ecological systems in Australia. Within the region there are three terrestrial bioregions – the Sydney Basin, North Coast and Brigalow Belt South, and the Hawkesbury and Manning Shelf marine bioregions.

Discover the environment of the Hunter
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Goal 3 - Thriving communities

The Hunter is home to some of the most diverse communities in NSW.

Goal 3 - Thriving communities

The Hunter is home to some of the most diverse communities in NSW and their distinctive character is a significant competitive advantage for the region.

Find out about the communities of the Hunter
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Goal 4 - Greater housing choice and jobs

An additional 70,000 dwellings will be needed in the region by 2036.

Goal 4 - Greater housing choice and jobs

An additional 70,000 dwellings will be needed in the region by 2036. Providing the land and the infrastructure to meet this demand is central to the Plan.

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Local government narratives

The NSW Government will work with each council to deliver the directions and actions set out in this plan.

Local government narratives
The NSW Government will work with each council to deliver the directions and actions set out in this plan. 
Find out how NSW will work with each council
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Glossary and end notes

A list of definitions and the reference source for this regional plan.

Glossary and end notes
A list of definitions and the reference source for this regional plan. View the glossary and end notes