Region

Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid Coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter 

* excluding Newcastle

Population (2017): 366,484
Key industries: Mining, health care and social assistance, retail trade

The Hunter region ranges from vineyards and cellar doors to defence and associated manufacturing operations. The region covers 32,500 square kilometres north of Sydney and the Central Coast. The Government is delivering better hospitals, schools, roads, internet connectivity, among other initiatives. 

Regional highlights:

Health infrastructure:

  • continued investment in the construction of the $470.0 million Maitland Hospital with $23.5 million allocated in 2018-19
  • $9.1 million in 2018-19 as part of the $40.0 million Manning Base Hospital Redevelopment
  • funding as part of the Rural Health Infrastructure Program to undertake upgrade of facilities at Dungog, Scone and Gloucester
  • establishing a Family Care Centre Hub in Taree.

Roads and infrastructure investment in 2018-19 including:

  • $38.0 million to continue the New England Highway Scone Bypass
  • $48.1 million for heavy vehicle safety and productivity and flood alleviation works on the Golden Highway 
  • $16.3 million to continue upgrading the intersection of the M1 Pacific Motorway with John Renshaw Drive and Weakleys Drive
  • $8.3 million to commence upgrades at Nelson Bay road and plan for future improvements. 

Boosting education:

  • school upgrades including Hunter Sports High School and Bolwarra Public School
  • funding for TAFE Connected Learning Centres at Scone and Singleton.

Vibrant visitor economy:

  • $3.0 million from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund to go towards the Port Stephens Koala Hospital and Tourism Facility
  • $7.1 million over four years for the Tomaree Coastal Walk. 

Other infrastructure:

  • $10.7 million in 2018-19 to continue the upgrade of the Taree Police Station
  • Resources for Regions – commitments for the Denman Revitalisation Project and the Upper Hunter Regional Mine Affected Roads Program
  • new and continuing funding to enhance water and wastewater infrastructure across communities.

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