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Draft Hinterland Place Plan Heads for Public Exhibition

It’s time for residents of the Hinterland to have their say on proposed actions in the draft Hinterland Place Plan that aim to make it a better place to live, work and play.


The Hinterland, connected by 3 rivers: the Williams River, the Paterson River and the Hunter River, covers small villages and rural communities stretching from Raymond Terrace through to Duns Creek and Woodville, to Balickera and Eagleton. Mayor Ryan Palmer said this plan provides the roadmap to link the community's goals with the people and places that have the power to transform these visions into reality. “This draft plan has been developed with the help of residents, prioritising community-led initiatives and ideas that align with the Hinterland's vision and aspirations in the coming years,” Mayor Palmer said. “Rural communities around Australia face increasing impacts of major weather events and global economic issues, and the Hinterland is no exception. “During our engagement process in the development of this draft plan, we heard that residents are keen to diversify the use of their properties and showcase their history, lifestyle, and local produce,” he added. Strategy and Environment Section Manager Brock Lamont said part of the actions for this plan were to review the planning controls of the Hinterland to maximise the economic potential of rural land, without restricting agricultural uses. “The draft Hinterland Place Plan supports changes aiming to support a diversified economy, encourage new points of sale for local produce, and support agritourism while respecting the history and lifestyle of Hinterland communities,” Mr Lamont said. “The draft Hinterland Place Plan provides an exciting opportunity for residents, visitors, and businesses to work together to transform the region's vision into reality,” he added. The Hinterland community can ask questions about the draft plan and have their say at upcoming drop in sessions across the area:

  • Brandon Park, Seaham Thursday 10 August: 4pm to 6pm

  • Bowthorne Park, Wallalong Saturday 19 August: 9am to 12pm

  • Hinton Pub, Hinton Sunday 27 August: 8am to 2pm

The draft Hinterland Place Plan document will be on exhibition from 7 August to 4 September 2023. For more information, or to complete a short survey and make a submission, go to


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