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Who we are
Hunter Councils - the regional organisation of Councils
that represents the communities of Dungog, Cessnock,
Gloucester, Great Lakes, Lake Macquarie, Maitland,
Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and the
Upper Hunter - has been in existence for over 50 years.
Formerly entitled Hunter Regional Organisation of
Councils (HROC) the organisation now comprises an
incorporated Association - Hunter Councils Inc - and a wholly
owned trading company, Hunter Councils Ltd.
Hunter Councils has eleven member Councils that
collectively represent a community of 660,000. We also
partner with the Central Coast Councils and Greater Taree on
environmental and other programs and with 50 councils across
New South Wales on major goods and services purchasing.
The Board of Hunter Councils comprises the Mayors of
each of the Local Government Areas of the Hunter. Supported
by their General Managers, the Board meet six times a year
to the oversee development and implementation of Hunter
Councils strategic directions and priorities as well as to
articulate policy responses to issues impacting on our local
communities, economy and environment.
The Board has three strategic policy groups to help inform
the development and progress of this agenda. These groups
- Environment, Economic Development and Infrastructure,
Board meetings and are comprised of one councillor per
group nominated by each member council. The groups
are supported in their investigations by the staff of Hunter
Our Business Units
- Environment Division
- Local Government Training Institute
- Hunter Records Storage
- Regional Procurement
- Screen Hunter Central Coast
- Consultancy Services
- Professional Teams
Australias leading Local Government
The Environment Division manages an enormous range
of environmental programs with partner Councils and
Government Agencies in fourteen local government areas.
Its focus areas include climate change, sustainability, coastal
and marine issues, biodiversity conservation, urban water
cycle, catchment management and weeds management.
Capacity building, resource sharing and whole of government
approaches are priorities.
The Environment Division is currently managing state
and federal government program funding of approximately $5
Local Government Training
The Local Government Training Institute (LGTI) is a
Registered Training Organisation that caters to both the public
and private sectors. Operating from purpose built facilities
adjacent to our main building in Thornton as well as in
Island nations the LGTI conducts hundreds of training courses
to many thousands of individuals. Its focus areas include
statutory compliance training (WorkCover, RTA, OH&S etc),
nationally accredited traineeships in local government and
the public sector, frontline management and business courses,
specialty town planning and much more.
Hunter Records Storage
Hunter Records Storage operates a state of the art records
repository that provides its local and state government clients
and private sector customers with 24 hours, 7 days per week
access to their records details via the internet, customised
billing, invoicing, and reporting. Hunter Records Storage
Records boxing, storage and retrieval, Cataloguing,
indexing, scanning, photocopying and secure disposal.
Regional Procurement was formed to assist local
reduced administration costs for its members.
Regional Procurement currently has 50 members from
seven regional organisations of councils based throughout
metropolitan and country New South Wales. Tenders
managed through the initiative are diverse, and have
included electricity, signage, bulk chemicals, small plant,
tyres, bulk fuel, bitumen emulsion and much more.
Screen Hunter Central Coast
Screen Hunter Central Coast (SHCC) markets the
local crew and services and support.
Operating with the support of the State Government,
SHCC in the last 12 months has facilitated the processing
of over 500 permits for stills, television and movie
productions within the Hunter and Central Coast regions.
The local spend involved in screen related activity in the
same 12 months is estimated at over $20 million.
This is the newest business activity of Hunter Councils,
and comprises the provision of strategic consultancy
services such as business planning, community engagement
strategy, media strategy and training, general meeting
facilitation and economic and tourism development
Services are provided free to Hunter Councils
members, at a discount to other government entities and at
cost to the private sector.
Hunter Councils professional teams bring together
specialists from Councils throughout our region to share
professional insights and resources and to encourage region
wide high professional standards.
Teams include, but are not limited to LEP Group,
GIS Group, Customer Service Team, Internal Audit,
Risk Management, Community Development, Human
Resources, Training, OH&S, Information Hunter, Hunter
Records Team and many more.
Hunter Councils is investigating a number of additional
opportunities to assist Councils and our local communities.
Through the conduct of its business activities Hunter
Councils has also eliminated the great majority of the
funding it derives from member Councils with plans in
place to eliminate all funding by 2014.
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