Newcastle Light Rail
Region Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid Coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter
Population (2016): 732,000
Key industries: Construction, retail trade, health care and social assistance

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. It includes Newcastle, the second largest city in New South Wales after Sydney. More than 700,000 people call the Hunter region home, making it the largest regional population in the state.

The Government is investing in a comprehensive suite of initiatives that will deliver better hospitals, schools, roads and internet connectivity. These investments will bring jobs and economic growth to the region.

Key highlights include:

  • roads and infrastructure investments of:
    • $206.1 million in 2017-18 for Newcastle Light Rail
    • $29.0 million for the New England Highway, Scone bypass and $23.4 million towards Cormorant Road, Industrial Drive to Stockton Bridge (state and federally funded) in 2017-18
    • $12.0 million in 2017-18 to widen the rail underpass for the New England Highway, Gowrie Gates
    • $5.0 million in 2017-18 for the upgrade of the New England Highway, Belford to Golden Highway upgrade planning. 
  • delivering quality services:
    • continuing works on Rutherford Public and Belmont High Schools
    • $5.0 million in 2017-18 towards building a new hospital at Maitland with an estimated total cost of $450.0 million
    • continuing work on the Muswellbrook Hospital redevelopment with $13.1 million in 2017-18
    • continuing works on new fire stations at Maryland and Murrurundi, with an estimated cost of $3.6 million and $920,000 respectively
    • commencing work on the previously approved $10.0 million new police station in Taree.
  • promoting jobs and growth:
    • with additional prison capacity at Cessnock Correctional Centre with an investment of $587.0 million for over 1,000 prison beds
    • $75.0 million in total Restart NSW funding for the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund
    • continuing works on the relocation of V8 Supercar Championship Grand Finale to Newcastle
  • $43.0 million to remediate Newcastle BHP sites
  • $7.0 million to undertake urgent repair works across seven sites within the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme.