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Key players exposed to the idea of networking and at the same time, there was a push from BHP, Goninan and Tomago Aluminium for smaller manufacturers to group together in order to achieve more consistent quality standards.

14 member companies agreed on the co-operative structure of HunterNet, fee-based membership and three key aims: to develop the capabilities of members, to grow market opportunities and to reduce the costs of supplying services.

HunterNet Launch 1993


HunterNet was incorporated as a registered, member-funded, not-for-profit co-operative.  Formally launched by Dr Ken Moss with $30,000k Federal Government seed funding provided.

Mr Joss De Iuliis was the inaugural Chairman of the Board

First monthly forum held on Quality Assurance.

Mr Joss De Iuliis


Mr Harvey Knox became Business Manager.

Former HunterNet Manager,
Mr Harvey Knox


HunterNet has financial independence, with support from members, sponsors and patrons.  HunterNet standing firmly on its own two feet.

HunterNet’s boldest move in regard to training was the formation of HunterNet Group Training Company, a company to administer and coordinate the training of HunterNet members’ apprentices. Its first full-time Training Manager was Mr Wayne Gillett, followed by Mr Murray Christie from 2000.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr John McColl.

HunterNet Group Training Company


Mr Harvey Knox presents to Prime Minister John Howard at Tomago, on Redbank Power Station Project resulting in $30 million of government investment into the region and work for many HunterNet Members.

Launch of a mentoring scheme and production of a capabilities directory.  Harvey fosters relationship with the Graduate School of Business of The University of Newcastle, providing members with access to management, leadership, marketing and communication training.

Global links were established, on a joint trade mission with Hunter Export Centre to Hong Kong, work was secured for Members on a large rail project.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr John McColl.

HunterNet representative with then
Prime Minister John Howard


Chairman of the Board:  Mr Bob Cowan.



HunterNet’s website launched. 

HunterNet funded a Software Engineering scholarship at The University of Newcastle.

“Model for Action” initiative reflecting new business thinking for manufacturing in the context of the knowledge economy and a state grant of $50,000 the following year funded an audit of capabilities in the region.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Bob Cowan.

Scholarship Press Release 1999


Chairman of the Board:  Mr John Coyle.



One of the greatest challenges for HunterNet was the loss of its charismatic leader,
Mr Harvey Knox, in June 2001. In his memory, the “Opportunity Knox” scholarship scheme was established to support applicants in any area of endeavour to pursue their dreams and the Annual Harvey Knox Award.

Mr John Coyle, former Chairman of the HunterNet Board, took over the role of Manager in October 2001.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr John Coyle.

Life Time Member,
Mr John Coyle.


Chairman of the Board:  Mr Steven Smith.

‘Make it in the Hunter’ Hunter Economic Development Corporation, Commonwealth Regional Assistance Program & NSW Dept. of State & Regional Development.

Mr Phil Hird & Mr Steven Smith
Chairman's Awards 2001


Chairman of the Board:  Mr Phil Hird.

2005 -2007 ‘Innovate the Hunter’ NSW Dept. of State and Regional Development, Ausindustry & Commonwealth
Regional Partnerships Program



Chairman of the Board:  Mr Jeff Phillips

John Coyle, Jeff Phillips, Tim Hardy, Joss De Iuliis, Bob Cowan & Keith Horan


Chairman of the Board:  Mr Ken Brown.

‘Strategic Skills Program –
Industry Partnerships’ NSW Deptartment of Education and Training, State Training Services



Chairman of the Board:  Mr Nick Killin.

Commence Enterprise Connect ‘Workshops, Industry Intelligence & Networking (WIIN) Program (2009-2010)

Glenn Ellis & Nick Killin 2009 Chairman's Awards


Integration of the HunterTech Network.  HunterNet’s long term association with the HunterTech Network took a positive turn when the network joined forces with HunterNet in 2011. HunterTech’s decision that it was in their best interests to amalgamate with HunterNet has helped HunterNet members appreciate the importance of ICT in the transformation to smart manufacturing.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Nick Killin.

Research on Clusters / Networks, Professor Julia Connell, Curtin University


HunterNet Celebrates 20 Years of the
Power of Many

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Richard Eveleigh.

Commence Coal & Allied Local Coal Supply Chain Participation Project (2012-2015).

Celebratory Publication


John Coyle resigned from CEO role. 

Tony Cade commences as CEO.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Richard Eveleigh.

Commence AusIndustry Asian Century Business Engagement Plan project

Mr Tony Cade, CEO, addresses Members at T W Woods General Members Meeting 2013


Chairman of the Board:  Mr John Gambrill.



Mr John Gambril chairs General Members Meeting Kenshaw Electrical 2014


Commence NSW EPA BinTrim Project.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Michael Sharpe.

Jeff Phillips, Varley, wins Harvey Knox Award.



HunterNet relocate to PKF, 755 Hunter St.