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Future-proofing the Hunter: Voices from our Community

Presentation from Erin Killion at the Hunter Jobs Alliance for the launch of the report: Future-proofing the Hunter.

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Future-proofing
the Hunter
Voices from our community
REPORT LAUNCH: NOVEMBER 2021
Hunter Expert Panel
and Royalties for
Rejuvenation Fund
$25 million set aside each year to
ensure coal mining communities
have the support they need to
develop other industries in
the long-term.”
NSW Government website
“We will work with mining communities
to establish the Hunter Expert Panel and
ensure it is given the independence it
needs to design the terms of reference,
policy, direction and guidelines for
investments from the Royalties for
Rejuvenation Fund.”
John Barilaro (former Deputy Premier)
Why gather community views?
To let Hunter people have a say about Royalties for
Rejuvenation Fund and the Hunter Expert Panel.
Ensure the community has access to information and
opportunities to be involved in transition planning.
People are already talking about the
Hunter’s future:
"I was born and bred in Singleton and worked in the
power station for the last 40 years. I have kids and
grandkids in the Hunter area… there's a lot going on in
the power industry at the moment, and people are
pretty scared about what the future holds for them."
Cessnock workshop participant
Workshop
& survey
ideas
155
Ideas on future ideas
for the Hunter collated
from 20 organisations
and 30 reports
43
Ideas after
duplicates
removed
22
Ideas after selecting
for relevance to the
Hunter region
Maitland Council
NSW Energy Inquiry
Hunter Renewal
Muswellbrook Council
University of Newcastle
Hunter Joint Organisation
European Union
Singleton Council
BZE
NSW Government
Circular Economy Think Tank
Cessnock Council
Newcastle City Council
Hunter Jobs Alliance
Gippsland Climate Change Council
Hunter Environment Centre
Organisations
Planning &
coordination
1. A local authority to
coordinate and fund job
creation and community
support
2. Government-led
programs to involve the
community in planning
for the future
3. A long term fund for land
and water management
after mine rehabilitation
4. A community reference
group to advise the
coordinating authority
5. Fund land use
assessments for new
industries
6. Free up mine buffer land
for new enterprises
Growing and
diversifying
the economy
7. Market the region
to potential investors
8. Grants and training
for local businesses to
diversify
9. Decarbonise
energy-intensive
industries
10. Incentives and
cheap loans to attract
new industry
11. Fund
Aboriginal-led initiatives in
business, tourism, and
culture
12. Build pilot projects
for new industries
Supporting
workers
through change
18. Create rules for
mining and power
companies to protect
workers
19. Career and financial
advice/counselling for
workers
19. Fund flagship
projects that create
jobs in new industries
20. Fund skills
development for
high school students
21. Free training for
mine and power
station workers moving
into new roles
Supporting the
community
through change
13. Advocacy,
counselling, and
connection services for
affordable housing and
homelessness
14. Grants for local
artists and arts
organisations
15. Expand TAFE and
vocational education
16. Grants for
community organisations
to support people
through change
17. Start
community-owned
energy networks
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Future-proofing the Hunter: Voices from our Community

  • 1. Future-proofing the Hunter Voices from our community REPORT LAUNCH: NOVEMBER 2021
  • 2. Hunter Expert Panel and Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund $25 million set aside each year to ensure coal mining communities have the support they need to develop other industries in the long-term.” NSW Government website “We will work with mining communities to establish the Hunter Expert Panel and ensure it is given the independence it needs to design the terms of reference, policy, direction and guidelines for investments from the Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund.” John Barilaro (former Deputy Premier)
  • 3. Why gather community views? To let Hunter people have a say about Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund and the Hunter Expert Panel. Ensure the community has access to information and opportunities to be involved in transition planning.
  • 4. People are already talking about the Hunter’s future: "I was born and bred in Singleton and worked in the power station for the last 40 years. I have kids and grandkids in the Hunter area… there's a lot going on in the power industry at the moment, and people are pretty scared about what the future holds for them." Cessnock workshop participant
  • 5. Workshop & survey ideas 155 Ideas on future ideas for the Hunter collated from 20 organisations and 30 reports 43 Ideas after duplicates removed 22 Ideas after selecting for relevance to the Hunter region Maitland Council NSW Energy Inquiry Hunter Renewal Muswellbrook Council University of Newcastle Hunter Joint Organisation European Union Singleton Council BZE NSW Government Circular Economy Think Tank Cessnock Council Newcastle City Council Hunter Jobs Alliance Gippsland Climate Change Council Hunter Environment Centre Organisations
  • 6. Planning & coordination 1. A local authority to coordinate and fund job creation and community support 2. Government-led programs to involve the community in planning for the future 3. A long term fund for land and water management after mine rehabilitation 4. A community reference group to advise the coordinating authority 5. Fund land use assessments for new industries 6. Free up mine buffer land for new enterprises Growing and diversifying the economy 7. Market the region to potential investors 8. Grants and training for local businesses to diversify 9. Decarbonise energy-intensive industries 10. Incentives and cheap loans to attract new industry 11. Fund Aboriginal-led initiatives in business, tourism, and culture 12. Build pilot projects for new industries Supporting workers through change 18. Create rules for mining and power companies to protect workers 19. Career and financial advice/counselling for workers 19. Fund flagship projects that create jobs in new industries 20. Fund skills development for high school students 21. Free training for mine and power station workers moving into new roles Supporting the community through change 13. Advocacy, counselling, and connection services for affordable housing and homelessness 14. Grants for local artists and arts organisations 15. Expand TAFE and vocational education 16. Grants for community organisations to support people through change 17. Start community-owned energy networks
  • 7. Workshop discussions - Participants considered ideas seriously - Wrestled with complexities - Understood interdependencies
  • 8. 5 Workshops held online with people from Singleton, Cessnock, Maitland, Muswellbrook and Lake Macquarie 1,300 comments analysed 314People participated in either the workshops or survey Participants included Rotary, PCYC, and CWA members, church and charity groups, business owners, business and investment advocates, people who work in social services, housing services, drug rehabilitation or caring support, workers from power stations and mines, health and education, manufacturing and mining services, young people, retirees, professionals, government representatives and rural landholders. 111 Workshop participants 203 Survey respondents
  • 10. A local authority to coordinate and fund job creation and community support 17% Top ten Fund flagship projects that create jobs in new industries 14.9% Expand TAFE and vocational education 13.9% Market the Hunter to attract investment 8.4% Start community-owned energy networks 8.4% Build pilot projects for new industries 8.1% Create rules for mining and power companies to protect workers 7.9% Free training courses for mine and power station workers moving into new roles 7.5% A long term fund for land and water management after mine rehabilitation 7.2% Planning & coordination Growing and diversifying the economy Supporting the community through change Supporting workers through change 6.7% Grants and training for local businesses to diversify A local authority to coordinate and fund job creation and community support 17%
  • 11. “You need local participation, and a government body to coordinate. Everything then can flow from this” Muswellbrook resident A local authority to coordinate and fund job creation and community support - Long term planning can’t be solved by the market alone - Plans for the Hunter’s future equitably, efficiently, and sustainably - Community need to be deeply engaged #1 PRIORITY
  • 12. Fund flagship projects that create jobs - Stabilise employment and demonstrate the region is open for business - Should make the most of existing workforce/skills - Preference for home-grown, local ventures, rather than outside companies. #2 PRIORITY “A flagship project is very important to fund because it lifts morale, but it has to be carefully chosen: a project that other industries can cluster around, one that uses and further develops the skills of the existing workforce, and one that engages with existing local businesses, small and large.” Maitland resident
  • 13. Expand TAFE and vocational education - Create courses that meet the needs of new and growing employers - Support for TAFE = Supporting the whole community - Essential for workers in impacted industries #3 PRIORITY “If we don’t provide this type of facility for people to become educated in new skills it means employers may bring new people into the area and our existing workforce will be on the scrap heap because we haven’t provided for their future.” Lake Macquarie resident
  • 14. Other priorities - Market the Hunter to attract investment - Grants and training for local businesses to diversify - Build pilot projects for new industries - Start community-owned energy networks - Free training for mining and energy workers moving into new roles - Create rules for mining and power companies to protect workers - A long term fund for land and water management after mine rehabilitation