The Hunter

A smart business location

The Hunter is Australia’s largest regional area and incorporates the nation’s seventh largest city, Newcastle. The Hunter is a microcosm of the national economy with significant exposure to resources, agriculture, energy production, defence and service industry base and a large urban centre based on a coastal fringe.

The Hunter currently comprises around 8% of economic activity in New South Wales with regional output of approximately $37 billion – making it Australia’s largest regional economy.

The Hunter economy has distinct industry bases with strong foundations in mining and agriculture. It has undergone significant structural change in the past two decades including considerable expansion in the broad service sector.

The Hunter has complex transport infrastructure including the world’s largest coal export port and its own airport supported by motorways and rail.

According to Deloitte Access Economics, the Hunter economy is projected to grow by nearly 75% by 2036 with output of around $64.8 billion.

Robust population growth to around 1,000,000 people is also expected in the Hunter over the next two decades.

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