Monday, 26 March, 2018


The HRF Centre is committed to an engaged research model. This involves us seeking opportunities to strategically engage with Hunter stakeholders to inform important conversations about our future.
The Centre's lead economist, Dr Anthea Bill, presented at two key external events in recent weeks:

  • CPA Australia breakfast
    Dr Bill set the scene for a panel discussion on the future of Newcastle at this sold-out CPA Australia event in February. She provided an evidence base on the city's economy and its development pipeline. She also referred to international best practice in relation to urban renewal.
  • National Surveying Congress
    Dr Bill presented at this congress, which was entitled Implications for Development – Major Economic Transitions: Examples from Resource Boom and Bust Towns. She covered key economic trends within the Hunter region, a long-term view of the regional business and employment cycle, with commentary on the importance of mining sector for the region.

    Dr Bill also compared key indicators with other resource-dependent towns/communities, e.g. in Queensland. She provided evidence based on Professor Will Rifkin's previous experience developing the University of Queensland's Boomtown Indicators. Dr Bill also offered analysis of the Hunter's energy transition, placed in a national context. Download her presentation

Contact the HRF Centre to engage our researchers (or identify another University researcher) in your strategic regional event.

CPA Australia breakfast – Dr Bill provided evidence and analysis: (L-R) Bernadette Smyth (CPA Australia - Newcastle), Jeremy Bath (City of Newcastle), Chad Stead (CPA Newcastle), Dr Anthea Bill (HRF Centre), Will Creedon (Alloggio / Tourism Hunter), Jarret Muller (CPA Newcastle) and Hannicke Nortje (CPA Newcastle)