Lower Hunter needs 75,000 new homes
Thousands of residential property developments are needed in the Lower Hunter to support the area's growing population.
New South Wales minister for planning and infrastructure Brad Hazzard said the Lower Hunter is positioned for a population 'boom' over the next 20 years, with up to 130,000 people expected to flock to the region.
An estimated 75,000 new homes need to be built in the area to ensure real estate prices don't blow-out as a result of increasing pressure on the property sector, Mr Hazzard said, adding that a discussion paper released for public comment recently will help shape the Hunter's future.
"We know that the Lower Hunter is one of the most attractive places in NSW to live, work and play and now we want to know how to make it even better," the minister said.
"We'll be undertaking detailed consultation to ensure the community and stakeholders have their say before we create a new draft regional strategy."
This paper highlights several issues for discussion including the renewal of town centres, improving local job opportunities, protecting the region's natural environments and better coordinating planning with surround areas.
Mr Hazzard said any regional strategy will have a strong emphasis on housing developments.