The NSW Government has released a Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan which sets out urban strategies to 2036 for Newcastle City, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens.

The plan was released on 30 November by NSW chief planner Gary White. It is at this stage a draft plan, with the NSW Government’s Department of Planning and Environment seeking comment until February 2018.The plan mentions a Hunter Special Infrastructure Contributions Fund, but no details were released.

“The Hunter Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) will set out the State infrastructure and development contributions to support the growth and development of Greater Newcastle and the wider Hunter Region. The Hunter SIC will help deliver the goals of the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and this draft Metropolitan Plan, and will replace the draft 2011 Lower Hunter Special Infrastructure Contribution Plan.”