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Hunter Incorporated Joint Organisation

Pilot Joint Organisation

Member councils: Cessnock, Dungog, Great Lakes, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter



About our JO

Serving the Hunter Valley for 60 years

The Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils began life on 27 March 1955 as the Hunter Valley Local Government Reconstruction Association with its stated aim at that time being the “uniting of councils on general matters and in their approach to the State and Federal Governments for positive action and assistance”.  Soon renamed the Hunter Valley Local Government Association and subsequently renamed at various intervals, the Association has evolved into one of Australia’s most significant local government regional entities and, in partnership with the Hunter councils-owned commercial operation Strategic Services Australia Ltd, one of its largest and most diverse shared services suppliers.

At the time of its 60th birthday, Hunter Councils is entering a new era as a pilot joint organisation under the Fit for the Future umbrella.  It will be doing so in accordance with its original reason for existence and from a position of strength as a leader in local government reform.


Our vision for the region

 Hear Maitland City Council General Manager, David Evans’ vision for the region


Hear Hunter Inc Chief Executive, Roger Stephan’s vision for the organisation


What are we doing

Focus areas

  • Developing and actioning a partnership approach with the State Government

  • Developing a regional approach to growth and land use planning and transport corridor strategies.

  • Ensuring the sustainability and prioritisation of key infrastructure projects in the Hunter.


Key Messages taken away from Central Workshop in November 2014

Hear Maitland City Council General Manager, David Evans’ key messages:


Hear Hunter Inc JO Chief Executive, Roger Stephan’s observations


Statement of Regional Priorities

Making a difference in our region

Our Statement of Regional Strategic Priorities identifies key issues from our communities. It explains how we intend to work with State agencies and other stakeholders to deliver these outcomes and make a positive difference in our region.


What our communities told us

Our communities have told us that they want their councils individually and collectively to show leadership and that through efficiency, effectiveness, innovation, professionalism and a focus on value for money they will be able to demonstrate that they are building with other levels of government a future for the Hunter that is prosperous, sustainable, healthy and inclusive


Our strategy identifies

  • What we will be doing

  • Why we are doing it

  • The strategies we intend to use to achieve our goals

  • Who will be working with us to deliver these priorities


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