Accelerating the Circular Economy: A City Scan for the Hunter and Central Coast

This event launches the Hunter and Central Coast Circle City Scan report and shares key insights and opportunities for the region circular economy.


The shift to a circular economy is underway in Australia and is being accelerated by recent commitments from the NSW and federal government towards net-zero by 2050. The Hunter and Central Coast region has the opportunity to lead this shift and in doing so drive employment, economic opportunities and reduce emissions and waste generation.

To better understand where opportunities for our region may lie, the Hunter and Central Coast Circle City Scan was carried out. This event launches the report and shares key insights and opportunities for the region circular economy.

Collaboration across organisations has been a key feature of this effort. The City Scan emerged from a partnership led by Lake Macquarie City Council, the City of Newcastle, the Hunter Joint Organisation, Central Coast Council and Go Circular, assisted by the University of Newcastle. The project was supported by the federal government’s APR. Intern program and the Netherlands-based consultancy, Circle Economy, creators of the Circle City Scan tools.

Come hear about the opportunities for the region and how to build toward the vision of being the leading regional circular economy in Australia. Discover how you can work to create an enabling ecosystem and foster capability for business into the future.

Who should attend:

  • Councils staff, executives and industry professionals who want to learn about the region’s circular potential
  • Businesses, entrepreneurs and industry leaders who are looking for circular economy opportunities
  • Individuals seeking career paths related to reaching ‘net zero’

Speakers and panellists include:

Opening remarks: Mayor Kay Fraser: Mayor at Lake Macquarie City Council & chair of the Hunter Joint Organisation’s Committee on the Circular Economy

Tim Askew: Regional Program Manager at the Hunter Joint Organisation & coordinator of the Hunter and Central Coast circular economy facilitator’s network

Debbie O'Byrne: Circular Economy Lead at Lake Macquarie City Council & project instigator

Will Rifkin: Emeritus Professor at The University of Newcastle & lead researcher on the City Scan

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This event is proudly supported by the Hunter Joint Organisation.

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