Newcastle & Hunter

The Hunter is entering a new and exciting phase with a growing metropolitan area, greater economic diversification and global gateways that link the region to the rest of the world. It has thriving communities and a diverse natural environment that will help to underpin not just the future prosperity of the region but also the State. 

In 2016, The NSW Government announced a new framework for the future direction for the Hunter Region with the release of the Hunter Regional Plan 2036. HCCDC is tasked with delivering, coordinating and being accountable for achieving the vision and goals of the Plan.

The Hunter Regional Plan


The Hunter Regional Plan will guide the NSW Government's land use planning priorities and decisions until 2036, providing a framework to guide more detailed plans, development proposals and infrastructure funding decisions.

Through its role working closely with other government agencies and local councils, HCCDC will help the government achieve a number of goals for the region, enabling:

  • the leading regional economy in Australia
  • a biodiversity-rich natural environment
  • thriving communities
  • greater housing choice and jobs

The Plan focuses on new housing and jobs and targets growth in strategic centres and renewal corridors. HCCDC will oversee and report on progress to ensure the vision in the plan is achieved.

Hunter Regional Plan

Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan

Greater Newcastle Metro Plan

The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 was launched in September 2018.
Newcastle is Australia’s seventh largest city and global gateway for northern NSW. It has a bright future with significant opportunities in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism.

The Metropolitan Plan for Greater Newcastle is the first of its kind released in a non-capital city in Australia. It is a significant milestone and aims to drive sustainable growth across Cessnock City, Lake Macquarie City, Maitland City, Newcastle City and Port Stephens communities, which together make up Greater Newcastle.

The Plan also helps to achieve the vision set in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 - for the Hunter to be a leading regional economy in Australia with a vibrant new metropolitan city at its heart - Australia’s newest emerging economic and lifestyle city, connected with northern NSW and acknowledged globally as:

  • dynamic and entrepreneurial, with a globally competitive economy and the excitement of the inner city and green suburban communities
  • offering great lifestyles minutes from beaches or bushland, the airport or universities, and from the port to the lake
  • a national leader in the new economy, with smarter cities and carbon neutral initiatives, and with collaborative governance that makes it a model to others in creating and adapting to change.