Wednesday, 19 September, 2018
The Singleton and Muswellbrook local government areas (LGAs) are centres for employment in the Upper Hunter. However, many of their workers live elsewhere, according to analysis released at the Upper Hunter economic breakfast at Muswellbrook RSL on Wednesday, 19 September.
Dr Anthea Bill, lead economist for Hunter Research Foundation Centre, says that journey-to-work data from the 2016 Australian Census shows that, in the Upper Hunter, Singleton has the highest proportion of commuters arriving there to work.
“A range of factors, including jobs, infrastructure and liveability, influence where people work and live,” Dr Bill said. “We examine the economic and demographic data to unpack how some of the key factors interact, and how they play out in the Upper Hunter.”
Dr Bill explained that the Centre’s Upper Hunter Pulse surveys show that business and household confidence in the Upper Hunter economy remained optimistic in the June 2018 quarter. The figures are above long-term averages.
“Likely drivers of this regional buoyancy are the continued rally in global coal prices and sustained improvements in labour and housing markets. There is also a strong international economic context,” she stated.
Gary White, Chief Planner for NSW, spoke at the breakfast on regional planning. He was joined by an expert panel to discuss jobs, regional skill sets, commuting and liveability. The panel comprised:
- Geoff Crews, Managing Director, Forsythes Recruitment
- Cam Halfpenny, CEO, Bengalla Mining Company
- Elizabeth Bate, Principal, Muswellbrook High School
This event and the Upper Hunter Region Economic Indicators research program are supported by Bengalla Mining Company.