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Our Key Partners and Stakeholders

Contact: Isaac Court
Senior Export Adviser
Austrade Newcastle
Phone: 02 4925 8777

Assist with providing information as part of the research and analysis stage with regard regional supply chains, business networks, trade show information and access to reports regarding future market trends.

Provide input into the design and delivery of awareness and educational programs and support HunterNet members with existing Austrade programs.

Assist with the ‘Are You Export Ready?’ business analysis process.

Support individual members identified with existing Austrade programs such as Tradestart and the Export Market Development Grants.

Enterprise Connect
Contact: Tristram Travers
Phone:  02 4014 5901

Offer export assistance such as developing an Export Marketing Plan as part of Enterprise Connect’s business diagnostic service.

Industry Capability Network (ICN)

Ken Raymond
Manager Hunter Valley
Mining Projects Manager
Level 3, 251 Wharf Road,
Newcastle NSW 2300
P: 02 4908 7390


A national business network of independent, not-for-profit, industry consultancies with 30 offices across Australia and New Zealand.  Advising on supply chain development, import replacement, and local industry capability and capacity.


Services include:

• registration of company capabilities

• listing / promotion of projects / work packages

• local sourcing of components / services for product development

• supply chain option enquiries

• local sourcing enquiries for project proponents

• secondment of consultants to major projects

• Enhanced Project By-Law Services (EPBS)

• Tariff Concession Order (TCO) enquiries

• Australian Industry Participation Plan (AIPP) development.

NSW Department of Industry
Contact: Tony Sansom
Phone: 02 4908 7330

Work with NSW Department of Industry with regards to the development of workshops and seminars.

Secure financial support for members wishing to exhibit at trade shows.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Hunter
Contact: Todd Williams
Phone: 02 4908 7300

Explore opportunities to work with RDA Hunter to develop the region’s export growth potential,


Australian Industry Group (AiG)

Contact: Adrian Price 
Phone: 02 4925 8300

An organisation committed to helping Australian industry with a focus on building competitive and sustainable industries through global integration, skills development, productive and flexible workplace relations, infrastructure development and innovation. 

Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN)
Contact: John Small
Phone: 02 9743 1820

The Australian Industry & Defence Network Incorporated (AIDN) is the peak industry association for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to do business in the Defence and Security sectors. Established in 1995, AIDN represents the interests of Australian SMEs in the defence and security industry sectors by advocacy, representation and member services.

Business Growth Centre
Contact: Brett Gleeson
Phone: 02 4942 3133


Servicing Lake Macquarie and providing Accredited business training, business related workshops, mentoring and advice.

The Lake Macquarie Business Centre has changed its name to Business Growth Centre to better reflect who we are and what we do. The Centre remains a business incubator, Registered Training Organisation and Business Advisory and Mentoring service to businesses within the Lake Macquarie local government area.

Hunter Business Chamber

Contact: Kristen Keegan
Phone: 02 4969 9600

Business Chamber support helps create business prosperity and community through a policy and administrative structure that is directed by members through an elected Board of Directors and specialist committees made up of members.

Hunter Founders Forum

Phone: 02 4928 7200

The fundamental purpose of Hunter Founders Forum is to serve the Hunter community by fostering innovation and investment in the region, diversifying and growing the economy.

Hunter Valley Research Foundation
Phone: (02) 4041 5555

Hunter Valley Research Foundation is Australia's longest serving independent, not-for-profit, regional research organisation and is committed to assisting business, government, statutory authorities, universities and the community with high quality, rigorous research services.  

Manufacturing Skills Australia

Contact: Nick Juniper
Phone: 02 8090 0102

Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) is the national body responsible for ensuring that manufacturing enterprises have the workforce skills they need to be globally competitive now and into the future. We work with enterprises, employer and industry associations, trade unions and industry advisory bodies to identify what skills are needed and how these can most effectively be implemented in industry.

Contact: Sandra Melchior
Phone: 07 3244 1777

Since its inception MESCA has provided a unique networking and information service to its members.   Briefings not only offer the opportunity to be informed of current projects but also the chance to network with other suppliers to the industry as well as key industry players.

Our Community Partners


Hunter Medical Reserach Institue (HMRI) s an internationally-recognised translational health and medical research institute.

Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Since 1975 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has grown from a part-time voluntary summer beach patrol to world-class aeromedical search and rescue operation.

The Salvation Army

Our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination.


  • 31 Mar 2014

    “As a HunterNet member, you look out for the other members for work opportunities".

  • 31 Mar 2014

    “A critical factor to the success of our business model is our ability to work collaboratively with local industry partners such as HunterNet members".

  • 31 Mar 2014

    “Recent referrals into new areas of the Defence supply chain have opened up more opportunity for us.” Jennylee Taylor, General Manager, ATSA Defence Services.

  • 31 Mar 2014

    “We’ve gained 30 clients through HutnerNet with relationships". Humanonics

  • 22 May 2015

    "HunterNet forums provide the details to follow up opportunities”.

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