HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGION
- The Hunter is one of Australia’s economic powerhouses approximately 2 hours drive north of Sydney and covers an area of 31,000 square kilometres.
- With a population of around 644,279, it is home to one of Australia’s largest regional populations, the nation’s oldest wine growing area, the world’s largest coal export port, Australia’s equine capital and is the energy powerhouse of the state.
- Its major industries include manufacturing, engineering, coal and mining, viticulture and winemaking, power generation, agribusiness, equine, information communications technology, tourism, health, education, Defence and aerospace.
- The Hunter covers 11 local government areas – Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock, Upper Hunter, Gloucester, Dungog, Singleton, Muswellbrook and the Great Lakes – where residents enjoy employment choice, the opportunity to live by a beach or in a rural setting, with excellent health and education facilities.
- The Hunter is undergoing an impressive period of sustained economic growth, with a growing range of investors and businesspeople recognising the powerful competitive advantages the Region offers.
- The Central Coast has a population of over 316,008, covering an area of 1,854 sq km and is only 60 minutes drive north of Sydney, the Central Coast stretches along the Tasman Sea from the Hawkesbury River in the south to the shores of Lake Macquarie in the north and west to the Dooralong and Yarramalong Valleys.
- Its industries include warehousing and logistics, food processing, manufacturing, building and building products, health and community services, tourism, information and communications technology (ICT).
- Its location, advanced infrastructure, skilled workforce and attractive lifestyle make the Central Coast a viable business alternative to Sydney for many major industries.