In the News

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Justin Page HJA Co-ordinator:  [email protected]

July 12th, 2023

Herald opinion piece for a TAFE New Industries Training Centre

“The Hunter Jobs Alliance believes there is a strong case for public investment in a TAFE new industries training centre based in the region. This would create clear paths for workers, address skills shortages, and attract investment in sectors where labour and skills significantly influence developers’ location decisions” write Jack Galvin-Waight from the Teachers Federation and Liam Phelan from the National Tertiary Education Union.

See the full article:

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/8265105/time-to-create-a-hunter-based-tafe-new-industries-training-centre/



May 6th, 2023

Net Zero Authority Welcomed

“This is a big, big day – for mining and energy workers, for their communities, for the union movement and for the country,” said AMWU Secretary Steve Murphy.

“It delivers on the promise Labor made to workers that they would be looked after, not left behind.”

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/8184502/easing-the-shock-net-zero-authority-announced-in-hunter/



March 22nd, 2023

Polling shows support for a local Authority

“By big, big margins, voters support specific policies from government. Whether they live in the Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Maitland or Newcastle; people back a Hunter regional authority and other practical, tangible actions,” Hunter Jobs Alliance coordinator Warrick Jordan said.

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/8128513/the-issue-that-is-energising-hunter-voters-ahead-of-the-state-election/



February 12th, 2023

HJA supports energy plan

“Providing patient capital to de-risk investment is exactly the type of responsible role governments should be playing. It’s worked very well at the national level with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and this hits a real gap at the state level,” said Warrick Jordan.

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/8090980/a-major-challenge-support-for-labors-energy-policy/



December 7th, 2022

Hunter Jobs Alliance energy survey

“There’s evidence that people see the upsides, but they know the transition won’t be a walk in the park,” Hunter Jobs Alliance coordinator Warrick Jordan said.

Full article: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/8009276/hunter-residents-fear-energy-prices-will-go-up-a-lot-survey/



October 27th, 2022

HJA brings Collie workers to the Hunter

“You need strong communities but also governments acting in a way to ensure people’s personal investments in their town don’t go backwards. People need to be able to see a clear future for themselves and their children.”

Full article: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7957538/lessons-for-the-hunter-from-collie-clean-energy-transition/



September 16th, 2022

HJA hosts Karen Cain from the LaTrobe Valley Authority

“We really need to be paying attention to places that have been through this experience that have learned the importance of putting in the right authorities, the right strategies and programs,” said Warrick Jordan 

“It’s really important that we are getting that evidence presented to this region and it’s been well received.”

Full article: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7904024/what-the-hunter-can-learn-from-victorias-clean-energy-transition/



July 8th, 2022

HJA co-ordinator weighs in on Royalty debate

“There’s a strong policy rationale for doubling the annual allocation to $50 million as well as funding the structural change authority a lot of people are asking for, which would cost in the order of $15 million a year.”

“Given both the Hunter’s contribution and how much value the region would offer for boosted investment in diversification, it would be a bargain at twice the price.”

Full article: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7810652/is-the-hunter-getting-its-fair-share-of-a-36-billion-royalties-bonanza/