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Our focus in Hunter

We are focused on unlocking the Hunter’s productive potential as a key contributor to the state and national economy. Revitalise Newcastle is one of our major initiatives to boost economic activity in the region. The community has challenged us to improve both quality and access to key services, so we are committed to delivering efficient client-focused services and fulfilling affordable housing targets.

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Using their mobile, customers can now complete notice of disposal requests as well as renew their vehicle registration, view or pay vehicle fines, update their licence details and receive alerts. 
Evidence-based strategies to care for and support those who put themselves in danger to protect us. 
The NSW Government enters into an agreement for the partial lease of Ausgrid.

Regional Contact

Scot MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast

Scot MacDonald

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter


Consult with the NSW Government on plans to keep the State moving and growing into the future.

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Investing in Hunter

The Hunter is Australia’s largest regional economic powerhouse; approximately 2 hours drive north of Sydney, it has one of Australia's largest regional populations.

It also has one of the fastest growing regional airports and has the largest coal export port in the world. 

It includes the Lower Hunter (Newcastle, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock (Hunter Valley Wine Country), Barrington Tops (Gloucester and Dungog) and the Upper Hunter (Singleton, Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter) and the Great Lakes.

Region Overview

  • Australia's oldest wine growing region.
  • Australia's equine capital.
  • Energy powerhouse.
  • Major defence bases.


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Visiting Hunter

The Hunter Valley is renowned for its wineries, stunning national parks and international sport, music and cultural events. Spend a weekend in Cessnock, Maitland and Pokolbin indulging in great food and wine. Don’t miss nearby Barrington Tops National Park – discover its stunning bush scenery, camping and great walking tracks.

Wine, dine and swim with the dolphins in Port Stephens and Nelson Bay, or visit the beautiful beaches of Newcastle, a vibrant harbour city. Enjoy family fun on Lake Macquarie and in Watagans National Park.

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People living in the Hunter enjoy a variety of industries and places to work. Internationally renowned for its strong viticultural heritage, the region offers the choice of a beach lifestyle or a tranquil rural setting.

It benefits from excellent healthcare facilities, advanced schools and higher education and research institutions. The Hunter also has a range of affordable housing options and is ideal for people looking for an excellent quality of life.