The Hunter is the leading regional economy in Australia, with thriving communities and a biodiversity-rich natural environment. It is home to more than 760,000 people and is still growing.
Our vision acknowledges the opportunities provided by natural resources and strong communities and sets the following regionally focused goals:
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The Hunter is the largest regional economy in Australia, ranking above TAS, the NT and the ACT in terms of economic output.
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.
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.
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.
Glossary and end notes
A list of definitions and the reference source for this regional plan.