No Govt Voice for Hunter

NSW’s second biggest city deserves to be heard.

The Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils (Hunter JO) is calling on the NSW Government to reconsider its decision to scrap the position of Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter.

The disappointing decision by the NSW Government was made without any consultation and means less representation for the people of the Hunter.

Chair of the Hunter JO and Mayor of Cessnock Council, Cr Bob Pynsent said the NSW Government must reconsider.

The role of the Parliamentary Secretary has been critical to the Hunter JO and the NSW Government being able to effectively collaborate.

The role allows for an efficient pathway for advocacy, ensuring relevant NSW government departments and ministers are aware of the important work we are doing for our region.”

The Hunter Region and its city, Greater Newcastle has the potential to be one of Australia’s great cities, with a globally connected diversified economy, talented and skilled people and a pristine natural environment. This decision limits the ability for the NSW government to identify significant opportunities in the region.

The Hunter JO is requesting the Premier of NSW, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP reverse the decision.

This is a great loss to the entire state.

Our region offers significant opportunities to the NSW Government that may remained untapped if important communication lines are cut.

We are NSW second biggest city and we deserve to be heard by our state leaders.”

This follows the loss of former regional parliamentary secretary Scot MacDonald who lost a pre-selection fight last year for a winnable position on his party’s upper house election ticket.