Hunter Renewal is a project that was initially envisaged by the Hunter Central Rivers Alliance and Lock the Gate. Both groups are focussed on supporting regional communities to make decisions for themselves about their future. Initial door-knocking in the Hunter of over 3,000 households found 90% of people spoken to wanted a plan for the future of the region after coal mining. It was evident that no one in politics or business supporting the development of a community-driven plan, so these groups stepped in to address the gap.
Following the Hunter Renewal summit in February 2019, when 100 people came together to talk about the region’s future, a Hunter Renewal Working Group was established to lead Hunter Renewal. The working group is focussed on supporting the diversification and resilience of the Hunter and make sure that the region that has given so much for the prosperity of New South Wales is supported to adapt and grow into the future.