For 33 years this series has played a pivotal role in the Centre's independent research projects and engagement forums. Each event attracts over 250 guests from industry, government and the community sector. Keynote speakers and the HRF Centre's researchers deliver evidence and insights to inform future directions for the region, and to drive business growth and community prosperity.

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2020 Dates: 28 February | 22 May (Cancelled) | 24 July (Free Webinar) | 13 November 

FRIDAY 24 JULY - CONNECTING THE COVID DOTS: RESPONSE, COLLABORATION AND RECOVERY IN THE HUNTER

This free webinar featured a scan of the national and international economic environments, before focussing on the Hunter's economic performance.

Speakers:
Richard Yetsenga, Chief Economist, ANZ - Watch presentation and Q&A
Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, HRF Centre - Watch presentation and Q&A | Download Presentation


HRF Centre Economic Insights

  • The Hunter's high youth unemployment - latest figures and impacts of COVID - Q&A with Dr Anthea Bill - Read now
  • Hunter unemployment figures for April - Dr Anthea Bill discusses the impact of coronavirus Watch now (5 min.)
  • National unemployment figures for April - Anthea Bill discusses the impact of coronavirus. Watch now (5 min.)

FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY - DO WE NEED A 'HUNTER REGIONAL OUTLOOK'?

Speakers:
Paul Graham Chief Economist Energy, CSIRO - Download Presentation
Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, HRF Centre - Download Presentation | Hunter Region Economic Indicators (Dec 2019)
Leanne Bloch-Jorgensen, Head of Thought Leadership, NAB

The December Hunter Economic Indicators were released at the breakfast.


FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER - REGIONAL POPULATION GROWTH - ARE WE READY?

Speakers:
Liz Ritchie, co-CEO Regional Australia Institute -Regional Population Growth - Are We Ready? Download presentation
Dr Anthea Bill, HRF Centre's Lead Economist, Hunter Update + Population Insights - Download presentation


26 JULY BREAKFAST - THEME COLLABORATION AND INFLUENCE

Speakers:
Lucy Turnbull AO, Greater Sydney Commission, Chief Commissioner - Collaboration and Influence Download the presentation
Dr Anthea Bill, HRF Centre Lead Economist - Insights for the Hunter Economy Download the presentation
Cr Bob Pynsent, Chair, Hunter Joint Organisation

The June Hunter Region Economic Indicators were released at the breakfast. 


16 MAY 2019 BREAKFAST - THEME: GROWING AN INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM 

Speakers:
Sander van Amelsvoort, Director of SJS StrategyWinning from Second: The Eindhoven Story -  Download the presentation
Dr Anthea Bill, HRF Centre Lead Economist - Insights for the Hunter Innovation Landscape -  Download the presentation

Download May 2019 Innovation in Hunter Businesses insights released at the breakfast.


1 MARCH 2019 BREAKFAST: THE MONA EFFECT

Speakers:
David Bartlett, Former Premier of Tasmania - The MONA Effect - Download presentation
Andrew Hoyne, Founding Director, Hoyne, and Author of The Place Economy
Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, HRF Centre - Hunter Region Economic Insights - Download presentation

HRF Centre's latest edition of the Hunter Region Economic Indicators | Download Q&A questions


16 NOVEMBER 2018 BREAKFAST: THEME - INNOVATION

Are Newcastle and the Hunter winning or losing at the innovation game?

Speakers:
Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, Hunter Research Foundation Centre Download Presentation
James O'Loghlin | Heath Raftery, Newie Ventures | Siobhan Curran, I2N


27 JULY 2018 BREAKFAST: THEME - TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE FUTURE


Speakers:
Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, Hunter Research Foundation Centre Download presentation
Professor Emeritus Roy Green, Chair, Port of Newcastle | Kyle Loades, Steering Committee Chair, Committee for Sydney; ex-Chairman, NRMA | Matt Coetzee, Client Director Cities, Aurecon | Chris Knowles, Director Sales and Marketing, McLanahan Corporation


11 MAY 2018 BREAKFAST

Speakers:
Melinda Cilento, CEO, CEDA - How unequal? Insights on inequality DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, HRF Centre - Indicators of Social Inequality in the Hunter DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
Hugh Mackay, Author and social researcher - Australia Reimagined

Special edition Hunter Region Economic Indicators focussed on inequality.