Hunter Live Events
How will the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan affect the region?
Event Date: 14 August 2018
Around 70 guests from the business community attended the Hunter Live event held in the Sparke Helmore Newcastle office to discuss the soon to be released Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan, which will be the first of its kind for the Region. The Plan is a blueprint for the strategies and actions that will drive sustainable growth and ensure Newcastle is one of Australia’s most dynamic and vibrant metropolitan cities.
The panellists included Monica Gibson, who is the Director Regions, Hunter at Department of Planning and Environment, Anna Chubb, the Director, Strategy and Asset Management at Hunter Development Corporation and Richard Anicich, a Consultant and former Partner at Sparke Helmore and Chair of the recently formed Committee for the Hunter.
The introduction to the draft Plan notes that “as Australia’s seventh largest city, Greater Newcastle faces a new future with investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism”. The draft Plan is a subset of the broader Hunter Regional Plan 2036 which sets out a vision for the Hunter Region “as being the leading regional economy in Australia” with a vibrant new metropolitan city at is heart.
Richard noted that “there is recognition that Newcastle and the Hunter Region is on the cusp of significant change and opportunities to evolve as the leading second city in Australia as an alternative to increasingly congested State capital cities. Newcastle is recognised in various State planning strategies as a ‘global gateway city’”.
The panel discussed the Plan in detail, including vision outlined in the Plan, how essential collaboration will be to achieve the goals in the Plan and how concerns raised about the draft Plan will be addressed in the final Plan. There was also discussion about how to bring business, government and community together to create a thriving city and the business community’s obligations to realise the opportunities across the region.