The Hunter region includes the Central Coast and covers an area of 34,388 square kilometres. It has 16 state electorates and 11 local government areas. With more than one million people, the Hunter is the most populous regional area in New South Wales.
About the region
The Hunter region is the largest regional economy in Australia and drives about 28 per cent of regional NSW's total economic output. The region is rich in resources and is underpinned by high quality coal, natural water resources, significant electricity generation capacity, an innovative manufacturing sector and progressive business culture. The region boasts leading research and education facilities, world class wine and equine industries, vibrant cultural and tourism opportunities and offers a quality lifestyle for its population.
The Hunter region includes the local government areas of Central Coast, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid North Coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter.
Greater Newcastle is home to about 540,000 people with large growth projected over the next 20 years. In Greater Newcastle 91 per cent of journeys to work are by car, however, the region is moving towards increased use of alternative transport modes.
The Central Coast is a collection of coastal and inland towns which together are home to about 322,000 people. The Central Coast is expected to grow to 391,000 by 2036. On the Central Coast, 84 per cent of journeys to work are by car and a large proportion of the Central Coast population commute outside of the area to work.
The Hunter region manages:
- 1398 kilometres of state road network
- 1175 kilometres of regional roads
- 847 bridges including two opening bridges at Swansea and Hexham.
- 486 sets of traffic lights with an additional 46 in the planning or construction stage
- 22,390 culverts
- 55 formal rest areas.
Anna Zycki - Director, Hunter Region
Anna Zycki joined Roads and Maritime in February 2013, and has worked across a number of agencies including NSW Police, NSW Attorney General’s Department and Department for Transport. Anna has a long standing association with the Hunter region having completed undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle, and as Area Director for Housing NSW in the Hunter and Central Coast regions.
Since joining Roads and Maritime Anna’s focus has been to support the process of organisational reform within the department, including a stronger focus on long term strategic planning and driving stronger engagement with Roads and Maritime's key industry, community, and state and local government partners.