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Planning Minister to talk on vision for the Hunter

Release Date: 18/07/2019
NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes will explore the opportunities
and challenges ahead for the Hunter region in an exclusive event in Newcastle on Wednesday,14 August.
Mr Stokes will present on the theme The Hunter Ahead: Driving the Region’s Future at a dinner to be jointly presented by the Hunter Business Chamber and Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre at NEX Newcastle.
HRF Centre Director, Professor Will Rifkin, and Hunter Business Chamber CEO, Bob Hawes, agreed on the importance for the city and region to hear from, and respond to, an influential and respected NSW minister on key issues affecting the Hunter.
“Greater Newcastle and the Hunter currently have an opportunity for economic growth and
diversification, particularly with recent release of the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan
and changes in the Sydney housing market. That makes this visit by the Minister particularly timely,” Professor Rifkin said.
Mr Hawes noted that the jointly hosted event would continue the collaborative work the
Chamber and the Centre have been doing to progress regional priorities.
“The two organisations are leading partners in regional initiatives, such as the establishment of the Committee for the Hunter and the Second Cities Symposium,” Mr Hawes said.
“Our events and forums aim to build knowledge, extend networks and share ideas. We
invite people from across all sectors and interest groups to come along to this dinner to be
informed, challenged, inspired and ‘connected’.”
Tickets for the dinner are $150 per person or $1200 per table of eight. Bookings can be

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