Newcastle and Hunter Region Economic Development Forum

Newcastle and Hunter Region Economic Development Forum

NSW
Sep 26
CEDA’s Newcastle and Hunter Economic Development Forum 2019 examines key issues that drive sustainability, economic and social development in the region. 

Speakers

Craig Carmody, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Newcastle
Peter Colacino, Executive Director, Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia
The Hon. Mark Coulton MP, Federal Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government; Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment
Lucy Flemming, Managing Director / CEO, Coal Services

Event overview

The future prosperity of the Hunter region is vital to the success of the state and nation.

CEDA’s annual Newcastle and Hunter Regional Development Forum provides an update for those needing to know the critical issues that shape Australia’s largest regional economy.

This event will bring together senior leaders across government, business and academia to examine population and demography, regional strengths in education, the state's economic blueprint, and the role of sustainability and industry diversification in fuelling the next wave of jobs growth in the region.

Featuring a keynote dinner address by Federal Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government; Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Mark Coulton, the event will establish what the region needs to do to succeed and prosper in the age of Asian engagement and technological advancement.

Event presentations

The Hon Mark Coulton MP, Federal Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government; Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment Speech | Moderated discussion

Stephen Walters, NSW Treasury Presentation

Prof Will Rifkin, University of Newcastle Speech | Moderated discussion | Presentation

Craig Carmody, Port of Newcastle Speech | Moderated discussion

Peter Colacino, Infrastructure Australia Speech | Moderated discussion

Professor Alex Zelinsky, University of Newcastle Speech | Moderated discussion

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Mark Coulton MP
Federal Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government; Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment

Meet the speakers

Craig Carmody
Chief Executive Officer, Port of Newcastle

Peter Colacino
Executive Director, Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

Lucy Flemming
Managing Director / CEO, Coal Services

Dr Stephen Judd
Chief Executive Officer, HammondCare

Will Rifkin
Chair in Applied Regional Economics, University of Newcastle

Rowenna Walker
Director, Transport Clients NSW, Aurecon

Stephen Walters
Chief Economist, NSW Treasury

Prof Alex Zelinsky
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle

Panel sessions

Keynote dinner address: Building regional connections
Thursday 26 September 6:30pm
  • The Hon. Mark Coulton MP, Federal Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government; Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment,
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
This session will examine:
  • How trust in government and business is reflected in regional Australia;
  • Australian demographic changes, how these are reflected regionally, and implications for Government policy and service delivery;
  • Technology, industry diversification, jobs and the evolving skills needs to feed the future services economy;
  • Priorities for decentralisation and maximising competitive advantage for talent attraction;
  • Support for regional Australia seeking trade and investment assistance to integrate into global supply chains and build business opportunities.
Newcastle and Hunter Economic Outlook
Friday 27 September 8:15am
  • Lucy Flemming, Managing Director / CEO, Coal Services
  • Stephen Walters, Chief Economist, NSW Treasury
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
This session will examine:
  • Insights into the state’s economic blueprint to attract investment, facilitate exports, and create jobs; 
  • The global economic backdrop, covering monetary policy, commodities and China; and 
  • Australia’s macroeconomic trends and prospects, including the labour market and interest rates. 
Meeting demand for health and ageing population – infrastructure, innovation and investment
Friday 27 September 9:20am
  • Dr Stephen Judd, Chief Executive Officer, HammondCare
  • Will Rifkin, Chair in Applied Regional Economics, University of Newcastle
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
This session will examine:
  • Projections for the ageing population of Newcastle and Hunter;
  • The impacts on health care as a result of an ageing society and the investments needed in the provision of aged care and social services;
  • Research and innovation assistance in meeting the health services demand; and 
  • Infrastructure investment in health facilities to meet health services demand $470 million New Maitland Hospital; $780 million John Hunter and Innovation Precinct; and business investment in community-based facilities. 
Sustainability during transition
Friday 27 September 10:40am
  • Craig Carmody, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Newcastle
  • Rowenna Walker, Director, Transport Clients NSW, Aurecon
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
This session will examine:
  • Diversification and sustainability drivers that improve the resilience of business in regional economies; 
  • Reputation and risk – considering long-term business sustainability through ethical, environmental, and corporate governance; and 
  • Measuring your organisation’s social impact and modern challenges for organisations amidst a transitioning economy – technology, workforce, climate change. 
Redefining regional centres through planning and infrastructure
Friday 27 September 11:40am
  • Peter Colacino, Executive Director, Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
This session will examine:
  • Planning priorities to ensure urban development maximises economic and social growth; 
  • The role of regional hubs in changing expectations of citizens in the design and development of civic places that attract population and regional investment; and 
  • How placemaking can cultivate new industries, create and retain jobs for future generation. 
Keynote lunch address
Friday 27 September 1:15pm
  • Prof Alex Zelinsky, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
This session will examine:
  • The role of the University and its strategic vision in meeting regional needs

Supported by CEDA members

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