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Hunter Business Chamber supports concept of Committee for Greater Newcastle

Release Date: 28/02/2018
Hunter Business Chamber President Jonathan Vandervoort said that the Chamber supports the concept of a Committee for Greater Newcastle and welcomes Council’s attention to this.
In its own submission to be made to the Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan later today, the Chamber states that it has already started working with key regional stakeholders to develop a committee with a common goal of providing a single voice for the Hunter.
Regional stakeholders include: Hunter Business Chamber, Port of Newcastle, Newcastle Airport, Property Council, HunterNet, University of Newcastle (including Hunter Research Foundation) and Urban Development Institute of Australia. Further collaboration will be undertaken with other regional stakeholders including community and local government.
“This group has had an initial meeting and drafted a Memorandum of Understanding that has been circulated for consideration and sign off.
“We look forward to engaging more widely going forward but this is indicative of significant appetite and commitment to providing a united and collaborative approach to advocacy efforts in the Hunter and will deliver on this component of the Plan’s governance objectives,” Jonathan said.
In its submission to the Plan, the Chamber also calls for attention to correct the proposal for the Carrington Precinct.
The Plan highlights the “potential to relocate coal export facilities and bulk fuel storage away from residential areas and explore options to renew the Carrington Precinct for alternative uses (including tourism).”
“The Chamber does not support this. This statement does not align with Port of Newcastle’s plans, or the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013 (‘the Ports SEPP’).
“We are proud of our working harbour and coal is an important part of the Port’s diversification strategy. The statement in the Draft Plan does not reflect the importance of the Carrington Coal Terminal nor is it consistent with other State Government Plans such as the Hunter Regional Plan 2036.
“We look forward to engaging further with Government around these matters and ensuring the
best outcomes for Greater Newcastle and the wider Hunter,” Jonathan said.
Media: Anita Hugo 0419 218 830

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