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Hunter Business Chamber regularly provides statements and the views of the regional business community on important policy issues. Recent statements are listed below.

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Government plan provides energy certainty for industry
15 September 2020
The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed the Federal Government’s move to provide energy security and affordability for industry and households by committing to boost gas supplies.
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Hunter Business Awards launch – with a COVID pivot
08 September 2020
The 2020 Hunter Business Awards open today, boasting a new presentation format and a special award to recognise our region’s COVID Business Hero.
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Liquor trading trial a step forward for night economy
02 September 2020
The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed the green light for a trial of extended trading hours for small bars and restaurants in Newcastle.
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Survey reveals impact of pandemic on young workers
28 August 2020
Mental health is the foremost concern among young people navigating the COVID crisis, with many saying they need better advice and tools to adapt to the changing environment
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Hunter well-positioned for shipbuilding resurgence
25 August 2020
Debate over the origin of the State Government’s new River Class ferries has put a spotlight on the Hunter region’s untapped shipbuilding capability, the Hunter Business Chamber says.
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Labour force statistics show encouraging trend
21 August 2020
The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed an uptick in jobs and improvement in unemployment in the latest regional labour force statistics for much of the Hunter region.
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Rocky road ahead to business recovery
17 August 2020
A recent survey by the state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW, suggests businesses are less pessimistic about the months ahead but key indicators show there is still a long way to go to recovery.
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Chamber urges COVID caution to keep businesses open
03 August 2020
The Hunter Business Chamber has urged regional businesses and their customers and clients to ensure they are closely observing COVID-19 regulations to help avoid another business shutdown.

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City invests $500,000 in supporting COVID-19 hit local industries
30 July 2020
Newcastle’s tourism, entertainment and arts community will benefit from more than $500,000 from the City of Newcastle to city-shaping projects targeting those industries hardest hit by COVID-19.

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Labour force figures point to worsening unemployment
23 July 2020
Regional labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests unemployment in the region has not yet peaked, with figures showing a worsening trend.

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