From the editor
One of the topics discussed in some length in this issue is the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange, a vitally important infrastructure project for the region.
It has the potential to be a major economic driver and transform the Glendale-Cardiff area into a major employment, business and housing hub.
After decades of planning, it is great to see the first phase opening in June but more needs to be done. The proposed Pennant Street Bridge is an integral part of the plan and must be completed to harness the economic potential of the area.
This project is basically ready to commence but is awaiting funding contributions from the State and Federal governments to help meet the $32 million cost. The two levels of Government surely must recognise the importance of this component of the wider project – the economic case is indisputable. It is certainly hoped that no political reasons stand in the way, particularly with both elections being some way off.
It is certainly an exciting time across the Hunter in terms of development.
As we are all aware, there is billions of dollars being poured into the Newcastle CBD that will truly transform the city into a centre we can all be proud of. Our July issue will include a special Newcastle Renewal feature – so watch out for this issue for all the latest.
The V8 Supercars in November will provide a powerful platform to promote Newcastle to a huge audience – introducing the City to some and washing away outdated perceptions from others.
The Newcastle Airport is undergoing another upgrade to provide the capabilities for international flights, with New Zealand, Fiji and Bali being the first proposed locations. Additional direct domestic flights are also being discussed, including Adelaide and possibly Perth.
There is also a host of other important developments underway or planned across the region.
Our region is truly on the cusp of huge positive changes, particularly if we join in and embrace the benefits instead being fearful of change and focussing on perceived problems.
It is a great time to be in the Hunter!
This issue is the 12th anniversary issue of the Hunter Business Review.
From a 16 page publication in 2005, HBR has grown to be regularly 52 pages and enjoys a wider readership than ever via both the hard copy and online versions.
We would like to thank our advertisers, readers and story suppliers for their support and look forward to serving the region in the exciting years ahead.
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation for local businesses to contact me with news about their business or thoughts on HBR, We are always happy to receive feedback and information on your successes.
Publisher & Editor