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Hunter Business Chamber regularly provides statements and the views of the regional business community on important policy issues. Recent statements are listed below.

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Hunter Business Chamber welcomes JHH commitment
11 March 2019
The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed funding commitments by the NSW Government and Labor to the redevelopment of John Hunter Hospital (JHH), saying the expansion of the health precinct will provide a substantial boost to the regional economy, enhance our innovation sector and provide the community with better health care.
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Bypass commitments welcome but ‘show us the money’
27 February 2019
The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed the focus of the major parties on funding the long-awaited Singleton and Muswellbrook bypasses and pledged to maintain pressure on future state and federal governments to deliver on their road promises in the Upper Hunter.
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Chamber welcomes $266m funding for Muswellbrook Bypass
21 February 2019
The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed the announcement by Deputy Premier John Barilaro that the Coalition will commit $266 million to building the Muswellbrook Bypass if re-elected
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Business Chamber launches election campaign
12 February 2019
The Hunter Business Chamber has launched a local advocacy platform for the 2019 NSW election, calling on candidates from all sides of politics to commit to progressing key regional infrastructure projects during the next term of government.
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Chamber targets bypass delivery as an election priority
12 February 2019
The Hunter Business Chamber is calling on state election candidates to commit to the delivery of the Singleton and Muswellbrook bypasses as part of its 2019 NSW election campaign.
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Hunter delegation to explore trade and tourism links with Auckland
01 February 2019
A regional delegation of business and civic leaders will travel to Auckland next week to explore opportunities in trade, tourism and collaboration.
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Hunter bucks trend in business conditions survey
24 January 2019
Business confidence in Newcastle and the Hunter region remains high despite businesses across most of the state reporting tougher trading conditions towards the end of 2018, according to the latest quarterly survey by the NSW Business Chamber.
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Chamber petition puts pressure on Labor over payroll tax
15 January 2019
The NSW Business Chamber has launched an online petition calling on NSW Labor leader Michael Daley to reverse his plan to axe payroll tax concessions for small business.
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Labor’s plan to axe payroll tax reform is bad for business
21 December 2018
Labor’s plan to axe the lifting of the payroll tax threshold will penalise hundreds of small businesses in the Hunter region and discourage employers from putting on new staff, Hunter Business Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said today.
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Collaboration the key to improved business outcomes for Newcastle
11 December 2018
The Hunter Business Chamber has given in-principle support to a more collaborative framework for Newcastle’s community-based business organisations but cautioned that any new service provision model should reflect the intent of the special rate levy and support the diverse needs of the city’s various business precincts.
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