Labor will deliver 100 public preschools

A Minns Labor Government will build 100 public preschools co-located with government primary schools, in its first term of government if elected.
This plan to build more preschools represents a more proactive approach in boosting the availability of preschool places for families.
It sets out a tangible step towards universal preschool for four year olds before 2030.
The Liberals and Nationals have not provided a substantive plan to deliver universal preschool by its nominated timeline of 2030.
Under Labor’s plan, every new primary school will be built with co-located preschools.
Labor will also build preschools at existing underutilised schools.
The funding for this will come from within the NSW Government’s budget allocation of $3.8 billion for early childhood learning initiatives.
The Victorian Labor Government has committed to a similar plan to build 50 new state-run early education centres.  
Education outcomes have declined over the last 12 years under the Liberal and Nationals – against other states, PISA results show NSW has dropped from 3rd to 5th in maths and science; and 4th to 6th in reading.
In addition, more than one in five NSW students are not meeting the national minimum standard for reading and numeracy.
NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns said:

 The Liberals and Nationals don’t have a comprehensive plan to deliver on universal preschool for four year olds or improve student outcomes.
“Parents will tell you they can’t wait until 2030 for the Liberals and Nationals to start acting on delivering accessible and affordable preschool.”

Deputy NSW Labor Leader and Shadow Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Prue Car said the government should act now and build onsite preschools at flood-impacted schools in the Northern Rivers:
“NSW could start this today by building public preschools at flood-impacted schools in the Northern Rivers as they are being rebuilt.
“But after 12 years of neglect, how can anyone trust the Liberals and Nationals to deliver on accessible early childhood education and reverse the declining education outcomes?
“Labor’s plan sets out a tangible way forward to deliver expanded preschool more quickly and improve education outcomes for students.”

NSW Labor will remove construction speed limits outside of construction hours

Under a Minns Labor Government, roads subject to temporary speed limits due to construction work, will return to normal outside of construction hours, where safe to do so.
Currently, construction speed limits remain in effect outside of construction hours.
Labor acknowledges some road and lane closures that warrant ongoing speed reductions for the purposes of safety.
But it is not uncommon for drivers to have to slow down on an unobstructed road for work that is not taking place.
And speed cameras are also adjusted to lower limits, resulting in drivers facing heavy fines, demerit points and license suspension for travelling at the normal speed limit, even when it is safe to do so.
Labor will return speed limits to normal when work isn’t taking place and where it is safe to do so.
This is consistent with the report from the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Mobile Speed Camera Enforcement Programs in NSW, conducted by the joint committee on road safety which said:
“The Committee also heard concerns about the application of lower speed limits in work zones when works are not occurring. The Committee recommends that Transport for NSW consider reviewing the safety benefits and nature of appropriate speed enforcement in roadwork zones.”  [3.33, p 33]
These arrangements are also in place in Victoria and South Australia and the NSW Opposition is backing it as a common sense approach in NSW.
NSW Labor also notes this is particularly an issue in regional NSW where drastic speed reductions from 100km/h to 40km/h can occur for roadworks.

NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns said:

 “We want to return speed limits to normal when work isn’t taking place and there is no requirement from a safety perspective.
“This is a common sense policy that Labor in government will deliver for drivers.
“We have seen this work in other jurisdictions, now it’s time for NSW to get up to speed.”

NSW Shadow Minister for Roads John Graham said:
“Only lowering speed limits when it’s necessary for driver and worker safety will bring the community on side for these important measures.
“These changes will make it safer for workers too, it will limit the risk of drivers risking it when a work site looks quiet.
“We want to limit the confusing patchwork of speed limits that can occur near roadworks and which only serve to frustrate drivers when not in place for safety reasons.
“Road safety measures should be about making roads safer, not slowing down your commute or fines revenue raising.”

Tolls surge by 2.1% in a single quarter

Sydney tolls could surge by almost 2.1 per cent in just a single quarter, beginning this Friday.
Under the latest quarterly rates, Sydney motorists will be hit with toll increases of between one and 2.1 per cent.
The quarterly increase – one of the highest on record – commences this Friday, 1 July 2022.
The Westlink M7 and Hills M2 are the roads which will see the largest increases, with the average Sydney car to be slammed with an additional $91.20 in tolls over the next 12 months*.
Western Sydney households will be hardest impacted by the increases. The government’s own data shows that 17 of the top 20 most tolled postcodes are in Western Sydney.
This will take their annual tolling bill to up to $4,267.20. And that’s just for using the Westlink M7.
Roads Minister Natalie Ward has admitted that Western Sydney motorists with multiple vehicles could be paying $6,000 a year in tolls.
The Premier has locked in many of the state’s toll roads into annual increases of four per cent or higher.
Last week, Labor announced a Minns Government will keep the Sydney Harbour Tunnel toll concession in public hands and return revenue from both the Sydney Harbour Tunnel and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to drivers in the form of toll relief.
Chris Minns, NSW Labor Leader said:  

The reality the Perrottet Government has locked Sydney drivers into an arrangement with toll operators of minimum four per cent increases each year, every year, for the next forty years.
“And in the middle of a cost of living crisis, Sydney households are getting slammed for it. We’re already the most tolled city in the world.”

John Graham MLC, NSW Shadow Minister for Roads said:
“After locking Sydney into massive toll increases for the next forty years, Premier Perrottet’s response is to pay motorists to pay private toll operators.
“And on Friday, Premier Perrottet’s toll relief will mean even less.”
*Assuming two trips a day, 48 weeks a year

NSW hit with double whammy of tolls and electricity price rises today

On the same day that both tolls and electricity prices going up, NSW Labor is reiterating its call for Dominic Perrottet and Matt Kean to consider re-diverting some of the chronic underspends in programs to help families with immediate and serious cost of living relief.

Recent analysis revealed that the Perrottet Government is currently underspending on its “Cost of Living” programs – with at least $265 million in eligible energy rebates remaining unclaimed last year.

From today, some NSW residential customers will pay up to 18 per cent or $369 more each year on their electricity bill, while small businesses will pay 20 per cent or $1,130 more.

The highest price rises will be seen across Western Sydney, whose residents already pay the highest energy bills as well as steep rises in the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.

In comparison to every other state and territory across the country, NSW currently offers the least support for energy bills to low-income households.

The average take-up of government energy rebates is 51 per cent, with some as low as 11 per cent.
Additionally, Dine and Discover vouchers, and small business fees and charges rebates, have expired as of yesterday.

Chris Minns, NSW Labor leader said:

NSW residents will be hit with a double whammy today – both tolls and electricity prices are going up – and its brought to you by Dominic Perrottet’s privatisation agenda.

“Under Dominic Perrottet and the NSW Liberals, we are in a cost of living crisis”.

“We’re calling on the Government to look at the chronic underspend of programs – there’s $265 million in eligible energy rebates that can be used.

“It’s a common sense idea, that can offer real and immediate cost of living relief to NSW families now.”

Jihad Dib, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change said:

“Matt Kean hasn’t busted energy bills, energy bills have busted families. It’s time for the government to come up with a real plan for cost of living relief that families can access.”

“The government’s approach to cost of living relief is that if you’re not on an existing concession then you’re not feeling the pinch. This is naive and out of touch.”

“The Minister is quick with a quip and big statements like he’s going to ‘bust’ energy bills. But the truth is that under his watch, families have done it tougher than ever before.”

“From today every family’s electricity bill will be going up. The government is out of touch if they don’t think this is hitting families really hard.”


For the 10 per cent of customers on standing offers (as determined by the Default Market Offer) power bills will increase by up to 18 per cent or $369 for households and 20% or $1,130 for businesses from today.

  • Endeavour Energy (Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Illawarra and South Coast)
    • Residential – 18.3 per cent increase or $369
    • Small business – 19.7 per cent increase or $1,130
  • Ausgrid (Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter)
    • Residential – 11 per cent increase or $210
    • Small business – 10 per cent increase or $690
  • Essential (Regional NSW)
    • Residential – 9.6 per cent increase or $219
    • Small business – 14.7 per cent or $1,146

 Energy Retailers have also flagged increases for customers on market offers –

  • Origin Energy will increase bills by 14.4 per cent or $270 on average from July 1.
  • AGL customers will see an average increase of 17.5 per cent or around $300 from August 1. Some customers, including those in Western Sydney will see an increase of 20 per cent.
    • AGL are also raising gas prices by 8.8 per cent or $73.

Netball NSW Junior State Titles set for massive return 

After two years of COVID-enforced cancellations, the HART Junior State Titles are back and the next generation of NSW talent is set to converge on the Penrith District and Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Associations for three huge days of competition.

A flagship event within the Netball NSW (NNSW) pathway, the Titles showcase the strength of the grassroots game with young players from all over the state coming together to represent their respective Associations. It is also a key pathway competition for coaches and umpires.

Taking place from Saturday to Monday, 2-4 July, it is the largest community sport event run by NNSW, and doubles as one of the biggest of its kind of any sporting code nationwide.

Last held in 2019, its large-scale nature meant it sadly fell victim to COVID-19 lockdowns in both 2020 and 2021.

This year athletes will take part in three age-groups – 14U, 13U and 12U – with Penrith welcoming teams in Divisions 1 and 2, while Baulkham Hills hosts sides in Divisions 3 and 4.

Similar to this year’s Senior State Titles, which introduced Men’s Divisions for the first time, in 2022 the Junior Titles will have an inaugural Boys’ Division.

NNSW President Louise Sullivan noted that the hosting of the event this year was a major milestone in the game’s recovery as the nation learns to live with COVID-19.

“Given this is the largest grassroots netball event on the Netball NSW calendar, I think it’s fair to say that netball is back! How good is it to be able to say that?” she said. 

“Absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder and I know we are in for three very special days as participants and fans from all over the state flock in their thousands to both venues.

“I would like to acknowledge the players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and wider supporters of the game who put so much effort into their Junior State Title campaigns in both 2020 and 2021, only to have their opportunities taken away as the nation grappled with the coronavirus.  

“I hope many of those affected are taking part this year, but those who aren’t should still be immensely proud of their achievement in being selected for representative netball in the first place.

“When you see the sheer power of our grassroots game, that is no mean feat.”

Sullivan also emphasised the importance of inclusion in extending netball’s reach.

“Excitingly, for the first time ever, we will have Boys’ Divisions,” she said.

“The inclusion of male divisions in the Junior and Senior State Titles – the sport’s showpiece events at grassroots level – is a vital part of securing our game’s future.

“The last few years have shown us nothing is ever certain so we should appreciate the collectiveness events like this bring, and powerful impact netball can have across the state.”

Netball NSW would like to thank HART Sport, Naming Rights Partner of the event, for their support.

Ordinary Council Meeting Tuesday 28 June 2022

Following is a summary of resolutions from the Ordinary Council meeting of Tuesday 28 June 2022. NB: it is not a full record of resolutions.

Lord Mayoral Minutes

Defend abortion rights rally

A Lord Mayoral Minute was supported that condemns the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court overruling previously held decisions that the United States Constitution confers a right to an abortion and supports the planned Defend Abortion Rights Rally from 5.30pm on Thursday 30 June at Newcastle Museum and concluding at Nobbys Beach Reserve.

Unfair grant program exclusion

A Lord Mayoral Minute was supported unanimously that called on Council to write to the Minister for Local Government, Wendy Tuckerman MP advising of the inequity of inconsistent State Government classification, which makes City of Newcastle ineligible for many grant programs. Council will request the Minister’s assistance in resolving the issue as a matter of urgency.

25th anniversary of the Newcastle Declaration

A Lord Mayoral Minute (LMM) was supported unanimously that noted 5 June 2022 marked the 25th anniversary of the Newcastle Declaration and acknowledged City of Newcastle’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and equitable communities. The LMM reaffirmed City of Newcastle’s commitment to the objectives of the original Declaration and the continued pursuit for an environmentally sustainable future.

Ordinary business

Public Art Reference Group (PARG) Annual Report

Council received the 2020/21 Annual Report of the Public Art Reference Group. The group acts as an Advisory Committee to the City of Newcastle on public art and met six times in 2021, with a focus on public art associated with development applications and community mural and artwork in the private domain.

Adoption of Code of Meeting Practice

Council voted to adopt the Code of Meeting Practice, noting the submissions received in response to its public exhibition. Cr McCabe will lead engagement and consultation with all interested parties regarding proposed changes to the preamble and prayer, and report back to the Community and Culture Advisory Committee.

Asset Advisory Committee Charter

Council voted to adopt the Asset Advisory Committee Charter, which had been revised to better reflect the intent and objectives of the Committee, as well as revisions for current organisational structure and terminology. The Committee was established to investigate, consider, and provide advice on strategic property asset issues.

Interest on overdue rates and charges for 2022/23

Council voted to adopt the rate of 6.0% per annum on interest on overdue rates and charges for the period 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Making of the rate – Hunter Catchment Contribution and commission for 2022/23

Council voted to continue the making, levying and collection of the Hunter Catchment Contribution on behalf of Hunter Local Land Services, and adopt the rate of commission payable to CN as 5% of the Hunter Catchment Contributions collected, as determined by Hunter Local Land Services.

Adoption of Delivering Newcastle 2040 and Resourcing Newcastle 2040

Council voted to adopt the 2022-2023 Delivering Newcastle 2040, 2022-2023 Fees and Charges, and Resourcing Newcastle 2040.

Making of the Rate and Charges for 2022/23

Council voted to make the Rates and Charges for the period 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 in accordance with the provisions of sections 532 – 535 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Executive monthly performance report

Council received the executive monthly performance report for May 2022.

Notices of Motion

25 years’ anniversary of NSW apology to the Stolen Generation

Council supported a notice of motion that acknowledged the 25th anniversary of Premier Bob Carr MP’s apology to the Stolen Generation and apologised for the intergenerational trauma, hurt, abuse and injustices suffered by Aboriginal children and their families, because of those government policies. The motion also recognised the hard work and dedication of the Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and the contribution by the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to the City of Newcastle, and reaffirmed City of Newcastle’s commitment to truth-telling and reconciliation, noting the City’s unanimous support for the campaign for a referendum for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition through a Voice to Parliament.

Playground replacement program 2022/23

Council unanimously supported an amended notice of motion that noted the ongoing success of CN’s Playground Replacement Program, and confirmed the following five playgrounds would be upgraded in 2022/23 – Waratah Park, Waratah, Harold Myers Park, Birmingham Gardens, Vera Wilson Park, Beresfield, Highland County, Fletcher and Avon Street Reserve at Mayfield. CN will also continue to work collaboratively with the users of Stevenson Park, Mayfield, to deliver the improvements detailed in the Stevenson Park Masterplan.

Curbing illegal dumping driven by insecure housing

Council supported a notice of motion that notes that insecure housing can be a significant driver of illegal dumping, and advocate to the NSW State Government to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 to address housing insecurity and ensure that the cost of eviction is not borne by those who can least afford it. Council will also request that City of Newcastle’s Affordable Housing Working Party consider Council’s response to the issue of illegal dumping resulting from insecure housing, including in multi-unit dwellings.

15 years since Wallsend flooding event

Council unanimously supported an amended notice of motion that acknowledged the 15-year anniversary of the 2007 flood event that inundated the CBD of Wallsend, noted the steps taken by City of Newcastle to prepare for and mitigate future flood events and reaffirmed Council’s commitment to delivering flood mitigation works and work with key stakeholders to take appropriate actions to help reduce the impact of future flood events. CN will write to NSW Government and Opposition seeking funding for Hunter Water Corporation to widen the Ironbark Creek stormwater channel in Wallsend.

Mega-watt scale battery installation

Council unanimously supported a notice to motion to consider and investigate opportunities for a mega-watt scale energy storage system in the development of the City of Newcastle Fleet Transition Plan and City of Newcastle Waste Strategy.

International campaign to abolish nuclear weapons

Council supported an amended notice to motion to write to the Prime Minister and relevant Minister to urge them to urgently progress the signing and ratification on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Council will also write to Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Industry to express City of Newcastle’s opposition to a nuclear submarine base in the Port of Newcastle.

Update on city-wide climate action pathway

Council supported a notice to motion to request a briefing from the SDG Hunter Region Taskforce on progress to date on developing a city-wide pathway and timetable to carbon neutrality by no later than 2040 in line with Newcastle Climate Action Plan 2021-25 and in conjunction with business, the public sector and the community. The briefing should also recommend measures to progress economic diversification as fossil fuel industries become less reliable within the LGA and more broadly across the Hunter.

Widespread support delivers tick of approval for record Budget

A historic Budget that balances record infrastructure spending with long-term financial sustainability, as well as a return to surplus has been approved by City of Newcastle’s elected Council and follows widespread community support expressed during community engagement.

Council voted last night to adopt the $424 million Budget, paving the way for a record $132 million infrastructure spend on projects including the long-awaited expansion of the Newcastle Art Gallery, the much-needed revitalisation of the Newcastle Ocean Baths, the construction of two major recycling facilities and a record spend on new cycleways.

The Budget forecasts a modest surplus of $1.3 million, which will see City of Newcastle (CN) deliver a balanced budget for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the economy.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the largest works program in CN’s history will play an important role in delivering on the community’s vision of Newcastle as a liveable, sustainable, inclusive global city.

“City of Newcastle’s 2022/23 Budget received an overwhelming endorsement from the community during the public exhibition period with its focus on delivering everyday benefits for residents, as well as major city-shaping projects that will leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy,” Cr Nelmes said.

“We’re investing in infrastructure where it matters most to our community, with $16 million for upgrades to local roads, bridges and footpaths, $5.9 million on stormwater upgrades to address flooding to property and businesses and $4.4 million for improving Newcastle’s cycleway network, as well as $15.3 million for new and improved parks, playgrounds, sporting and aquatic facilities including $5.8 million towards the rehabilitation of the pool and lower promenade at Newcastle Ocean Baths.

“A significant investment is being made to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and increase recycling, with $9.4 million to begin construction of a fully-enclosed organics processing facility and $5 million towards planning a new material recovery facility for plastics, paper, cardboard, glass and metals collected from kerbside recycling bins.

“We’ll also continue to invest in environmental sustainability with $8.2 million for a range of projects including planting 2,000 street trees and $2 million towards further rehabilitation of Ironbark Creek.

“Our Budget is a commitment to investing in projects that are fundamental to improving the way we work and live, as well as ensuring we continue to be an attractive destination for visitors and businesses.”

Other Budget highlights include:

  • $18.6 million towards protecting the RAMSAR-listed Hunter Wetlands by remediating and improving environmental management of the former Astra Street landfill site in Shortland
  • $17.4 million to kick off construction of the Newcastle Art Gallery expansion
  • $6.7 million towards urban and city centre revitalisation, including Hunter Street Mall works and the Local Centres program with upgrades underway in New Lambton, Stockton and Shortland and planning underway for future works at Georgetown and Waratah
  • $4 million to enhance economic development, tourism, smart city initiatives and improve customer experience
  • $2.1 million for community infrastructure and amenities (public toilets, community buildings and caravan parks)
  • $1.3 million to continue implementing available actions from the Stockton Coastal Management Plan while a pathway to mass sand nourishment is determined by the NSW Government.

City of Newcastle CEO Jeremy Bath said while COVID-19 had caused enormous financial challenges, prudent financial management will allow CN to return to a surplus budget of $1.3 million.

“City of Newcastle is forecasting a positive net operating result in 2022-2023, which is an indicator of the underlying financial strength of our organisation,” Mr Bath said.

“Ratepayers will be spared the full force of recent inflation with rates to rise by just 2.5 per cent as decided by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), with the average ratepayer seeing their rates increase by $10 per quarter.

“The Budget also continues our commitment to stimulating the local economy, with independent modelling showing our record infrastructure program will create up to 740 new jobs while providing the local economy with a $325 million boost.”

Major construction starts on first Parramatta Light Rail stop

Work to transform the first light rail stop from vision to reality is underway on Church Street with two 23 metre-long 6-tonne canopies lifted into place in a major milestone for stage one of the Parramatta Light Rail project.

Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said the installation of the canopy marked a significant achievement in the Parramatta Light Rail moving one step closer to delivering western Sydney commuters a first-class transport system.

“This city-shaping project will give commuters a choice in the way they travel which is vital in connecting communities, people and businesses,” Mr Elliott said.

“Parramatta Light Rail is being delivered with Australian businesses in mind, not only supporting local manufacturing and jobs, but also using innovative construction methods to minimise disruption.

“The canopies for the light rail stops are also a showpiece of the great work by Silverwater based manufacturing company, Icon Metal, engaged to manufacture and install the state-of-the-art, prefabricated light rail stop components which will use 80 per cent of locally sourced materials.

“The prefabricated structures including the canopies were built at the factory, craned into place and assembled overnight on Church Street, between Phillip and George streets, to reduce construction impacts on site,” Mr Elliott said.

Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the final stop design was informed by extensive research, consultation with the community including accessibility groups, independent design review and prototyping.

“A full-scale light rail stop prototype was built and tested to ensure its design and features delivered the best customer experience. The stops will be fully accessible to accommodate a significant volume of people of different abilities, particularly during busy periods such as major sporting and community events.

“The Light Rail will improve access to the CBD and deliver an economic boost to Parramatta’s retail, hospitality and night-time businesses,” Mr Lee said.

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is expected to commence passenger services in 2023.

Help for hospitality extended

The NSW Government is providing extra support to the hospitality industry by extending free refresher courses into next year, in a bid to address staff shortages.

Minister for Hospitality and Racing Kevin Anderson said hospitality venues are doing their best to encourage workers to the sector, but are facing major staff shortages with many skilled hospitality staff leaving the industry during the peak of the COVID pandemic.

“Many who left the sector have seen their mandatory certifications lapse. We want to make it easy for those people to quickly and freely renew those certifications and remove any barriers that are preventing them from re-entering the hospitality sector,” Mr Anderson said.

“It’s not just bar and wait staff who require a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate – others who work or volunteer where alcohol is sold also need it, including security, crowd control and promotional staff.

“The same goes for the Responsible Conduct of Gambling certificate (RCG) – if you work around poker machines you need to have specific training to identify and minimise gambling harm.”

Australian Hotels Association NSW Director of Liquor and Policing John Green said pubs right across NSW are still struggling with staff shortages so this initiative is greatly appreciated.

“Reducing red tape makes it easier for those who worked in the industry to come back and pick up a few shifts at their local – we would especially encourage older workers with their years of experience to step back behind the bar,” Mr Green said.
Anyone whose certification expired from February 2020 can renew their RSA, or RSA and RCG together, for free, until February 2023 without having to retrain in full.

Since February this year more than 16,000 people have completed free RSA and RCG refresher courses through Liquor & Gaming NSW.

$835m John Hunter precinct to transform health care

The $835 million John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct is on track with work underway on the new Acute Services Building, set to transform health care in the region.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin joined workers at a traditional sod turn ceremony today to mark the milestone for the seven-storey building.
Mr Hazzard said the $835 million John Hunter precinct is part of the NSW Government’s record $11.9 billion investment in health infrastructure to 2025-26, with nearly a third going to regional and rural health facilities this financial year.
“The John Hunter precinct is one of dozens of health infrastructure projects across the state transforming health care by bringing the latest technology and most up-to-date research to the hospital bedside,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The precinct will be a centre of excellence, attracting the most skilled and experienced clinicans to work in outstanding facilities, ultimately improving health outcomes for local patients.
“The new Acute Services Building will provide a 60 per cent increase in Intensive Care Unit capacity and an almost 50 per cent increase in theatre capacity. Treatment spaces in the new emergency department will jump by almost 40 per cent.”
John Hunter Hospital is one of the largest trauma centres in the state and will meet the demand of the region for years to come with the region’s population predicted to increase by 22 per cent over the next 15 years.
The John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct will include these new facilities:

  • Emergency department and more adult and paediatric critical care services;
  • Birthing suite and inpatient maternity unit;
  • Neonatal intensive care unit and special care nursery;
  • Rooftop helipad and more than 900 car spaces for staff and visitors; and
  • Operating theatres, interventional and procedure spaces.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the redevelopment will help drive education and jobs for locals.
“This significant infrastructure project will create jobs for the community and provide a significant boost to the local economy during construction, with an expected 70 per cent of the work being delivered by businesses throughout the Hunter region,” Mr Martin said.
“On completion the health precinct will support research and innovation, bringing together health, education and research to drive employment opportunities in the region and improve health outcomes for our community.”
The enabling works, which include the relocation of services and roadworks, will set up the site up for main works construction, expected to commence before the end of the year. The project is scheduled for completion in 2026.
For images and fly-through animation of the John Hunter precinct visit click here
For more about the redevelopment visit the precinct website:
Since 2011, the NSW Government has delivered more than 180 hospitals and health facilities across NSW, with more than 130 currently underway – of those almost 70 per cent are in rural and regional areas.