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UDIA NSW Welcome funding for Newcastle Cruise Terminal while urging the adoption of a Hunter Growth Commission 

Media Release

The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW welcomed the $12.7 million funding for a multi-purpose cruise terminal at the Port of Newcastle, announced today by NSW Premier Mike Baird.

UDIA NSW Hunter Chapter Chair Geoffrey Rock said the funding is another strong endorsement by the State Government of the Hunter’s importance and growth potential.

“Just like the Hunter economy, the Port is a perfect illustration of an outstanding regional asset that offers enormous growth opportunities through smart investment and diversification,” Mr Rock said.

“The Newcastle cruise terminal investment is a solid indicator of the State Government’s confidence in our region, and the development industry enthusiastically shares that confidence.”

“We’re pleased that the State Government is continuing to invest in the Hunter’s future.”

“More investment needs to be part of a coordinated regional plan and the development industry is looking forward to the release of the finalised Hunter Regional Plan this year.”

“We’re hopeful that the Regional Plan will include the type of strong governance structure that we have called for.”

“The UDIA NSW believes the Hunter Region needs a Hunter Growth Commission – a coordinating body that brings the relevant government agencies, service providers and the private sector together under one authority to develop and deliver a coherent Regional Plan.”

UDIA NSW Hunter Chair Geoffrey Rock is available for further comment. Contact UDIA NSW Hunter Regional Manager Elizabeth York on 0434 914 901 or to arrange an interview.