Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF)

The New South Wales Government established the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF) in 2011 to enhance the Hunter’s infrastructure to support economic growth and liveability of the region. The fund supported transport, education, water and health infrastructure projects.

The Government allocated $450 million to the Fund over four years.

The fund is no longer able to accept applications as the fund has now closed. 

 

Projects funded to date include:

  • $2 million refurbishment of the Cessnock Emergency Department
  • $2 million for a carer’s room and courtyard at Maitland Mental Health Unit 
  • Stage one of the $11.1 million Newcastle Airport Expansion
  • $500,000 for equipment upgrades at the Wansey Dialysis Centre, Charlestown
  • The $20 million Wine Region roads upgrade at Pokolbin
  • The $11.3 million Lake Macquarie Football Facility ($7.3 million from the HIIF)
  • $45 million Nelson Bay Road upgrade between Bob’s Farm and Anna Bay
  • $51 million New England Highway upgrade at Maitland ($45 million from the HIIF)

Following an expression of interest for allocation of the final $50 million from the fund, the following projects, all of which will enhance the regional economy, were successful:  

  • $5 million to the Basketball Association of Newcastle towards the Multi-Purpose Complex in Broadmeadow
  • $3.2 million to the Department of Education for the Regional Performing Arts Centre at the Hunter School of Performing Arts
  • $2.3 million towards Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s Helicopter Service Belmont Base
  • $5.5 million to Maitland City Council for the Maitland Regional Sportsground Complex – Athletic Centre
  • $9.8 million for the Hunter Innovation Hub Project by University of Newcastle and Newcastle City Council to establish smart city infrastructure and a digitally connected innovation precinct
  • $10 million for the Newcastle International Hockey Centre Redevelopment
  • $12.7 million for construction of a permanent multi-purpose cruise terminal facility by Port of Newcastle
  • $1.5 million towards the White Park Recreation and Equine Development by Upper Hunter Shire Council

Other projects are in advanced stages of planning or have commenced, including:

  • $60 million for the Newcastle City Centre urban renewal and light rail project 
  • $5.3 million towards the $20 million overhaul of Hunter Sports High School at Gateshead
  • $18 million for stages two and three of the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the John Hunter Hospital Newcastle, bringing to $25 million the total HIIF funding
  • $7 million for Singleton Hospital improvements
  • $25 million to start early works on the new Lower Hunter hospital at Metford