Publication Release – 1 March 2022

The closure of Eraring Power Station and the bold takeover bid for AGL to accelerate the retirement of coal power stations shows that decarbonisation is coming quicker than anticipated.

The Hunter is the frontier of the new economy, with the tools and local know-how to thrive from this disruption. It has done this before with the closure of BHP in the 1990s.

The region proudly stands on its own two feet because of this achievement and our substantial contribution to national prosperity. The Hunter also needs leadership and investment from the NSW and Federal governments given the scale, urgency and significance of the challenge.

We are on the cutting edge of change and have the opportunity to shape our destination.

The Committee for the Hunter presents our plan to diversify the Hunter economy and support communities and businesses through change.

Through smarter, more joined up and longer-term planning and investment, the Hunter has what it takes to be a global leader in the new economy.

Success will be forged from the people, assets and capabilities of traditional coal industries, creating an enduring connection between the Hunter’s past and an even better future.


Alice Thompson, CEO, Committee for the Hunter,, 0490 688 125