NSW Department of Planning and Environment

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:

  • A strong and dynamic regional economy
  • A healthy environment with pristine waterways
  • Strong infrastructure and transport networks for a connected future
  • Attractive and thriving communities.

Download the Hunter Regional Plan 2036

The 2036 plan is currently under review with a draft plan on exhibition in November 2021. To receive updates, register your details.

People sitting on benches at cafe overlooking a beach in Newcastle

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

Farm buildings surrounded by farmland in Goucester

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

People sitting in small boat on waterway in Forster

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

Man standing and looking at wine barrels in shed in Pokolbin

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

People walking towards apartment buildings in Newcastle

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

Cars and cyclist crossing bridge in Forster

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

People walking and cycling on walkway by lake

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