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[3 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

ShareToday we live, work, and play in a world of change and transition. Newcastle and the Hunter Region has in its history transitioned from being a coal driven economy, to a steel & manufacturing driven economy, back to resources and logistics, and tourism & culture. At the same time, the information and communication technologies and their digital distribution are transforming our economies and our social lives at a rapid pace.

The rapid pace of change is opening up opportunities for whole industries to be transformed, for individual businesses to completely change …

Headline, Management, Regional Economic Development, Technology »

[8 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

ShareRecently Gordon Whitehead of the Lunatick Society of Newcastle took the initiative that I believe Local & Federal Governments should have played a lead role in our region. Gordon established Digital Newcastle was to seek opportunities to promote the digital businesses and economy of Newcastle & the Hunter and find opportunities to grow and nurture the digital economy of our region. I have myself been in the game of economic development for most of my working life helping businesses grow and contribute to the wider economy by growing their market and …

Headline, Local Government, Regional Economic Development »

[10 Sep 2010 | 7 Comments | ]

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Ok, now it is my turn. Much has been written about the withdrawal of the GPT retail development for the Newcastle City centre. The issue has awaken an anger in the Newcastle community that should not be ignored. Newcastle is a very parochial place proud of its backyard, it loves it’s sheds, its gardens, its vegie patches and pagolas but knows when a renovation is needed. It is now time to consider the sustainable future of what used to be the CBD of Newcastle and how the strategic planning of …

Observation, Politics, Regional Economic Development, Technology »

[29 Jul 2010 | 12 Comments | ]

ShareThere are two glaring omissions thus far from the headlines in regard to policy strength and weakness on both sides of the current election campaign. One is the proposed Internet Filter, which has thankfully been “put on ice”, for a while, I just fear that it will be warmed up should Labor be successful in winning a second term. It is interesting that although the Libs have previously quietly opposed it, for that is their job – to oppose things, they haven’t made it a highlight issue of criticism in …