The Hunter Chapter Committee exists to improve conditions for development in the Greater Newcastle metropolitan region by clearing away red tape and reducing costs. The Chapter focuses its work on the local government areas of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens.

The UDIA Hunter Committee members for 2023 are:

Geoffrey Rock, Monteath & Powys (Chair)
Alan McKelvey, Sparke Helmore (Vice Chair)
Richard Kerr, ADW Johnson
Craig Anderson, AEP
David Gray, Ashlar Properties Pty Ltd
Graeme Jeffries, AVID Property Group
Steve Barr, Barr Planning
Andrew Williams, Belford Land
Adam Kelly, Daracon
Andrew Donald, Gyde Consulting
Tim Goldacre, Harrington Estates
Michael Nolan, Home in Place
Brad Everett, Hunter Land
Greg Cox, KPMG
Jade Curtis, Lake Macquarie City Council
Peter Drivas, Landcom
Jeffrey Bretag, McCloy Group
Fiona Nelson, Moray & Agnew Lawyers
Kareena Prado, nbn
Chris Piper, Northrop Consulting Engineers
Zoe-lee Brookes, PICA Group
Michael Gilday, Strata Plus
Ian Murphy, Wallace Design Group

Working Groups

In addition to the formal Hunter Committee, and in order to facilitate broader involvement across the membership, the Hunter Chapter welcomes any member to participate in work focused on specific issues. To join a working group, contact the Regional Manager.

Active working groups:



Hunter Water

Office of Water


Cessnock City Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Maitland City Council

City of Newcastle

Port Stephens Council

Transport for NSW

Events and Training in the Region

UDIA holds four paid events in the Hunter each year with high profile speakers from the industry discussing issues important to the region.  For more details visit our Events page. We also periodically host free Member Briefings with Department of Planning and other authorities to provide updates on key issues for the industry. These Member Briefings are communicated via email and our Regional Developers Update monthly newsletters.

To sponsor a Hunter event, contact

Regional Manager
Elizabeth York
0434 914 901