Monday, 5 August, 2019


A launch for the newly constituted Committee for the Hunter at NeW Space on 23 July was hosted by the Faculty’s HRF Centre.

More than 100 Hunter leaders from different sectors and diverse organisations attended the launch. The Committee aims to provide a unified voice in the Hunter. It is an independent and inclusive champion for the people of the Hunter and their enterprises.

The University and Newcastle Airport are inaugural patrons of the Committee for the Hunter.Both are providing significant financial support and encouraging others to provide support by joining.

The HRF Centre has been working with key regional stakeholders, such as the Hunter Business Chamber, on the development of the Committee over the past 18 months. The need for such a Committee was specified in Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan, released in 2018. As a proponent of the Metro Plan, Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation, recently funded the Centre to accelerate evolution of the nascent Committee for the Hunter.

Speakers at the launch included Eamon Waterford (pictured), Deputy CEO and Director of Policy for the Committee for Sydney. He described examples of its successful initiatives in Sydney, such as the Sandstone Megaregion report. He highlighted that robust, independent research from the Committee for Sydney provides thought leadership in relation to metropolitan planning and development.

For the Committee for the Hunter, an interim board has been developing criteria for membership and strategies for governance. Early commitments to paid membership have been encouraging, promising to enable the Committee to conduct a search for and then appoint a CEO. That will be followed by agreement on a constitution, a ballot for its first elected Board, and an agenda for research and advocacy.