How did the Hunter Economic Zone fail?

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February 24 2017 - 6:00am
EMPTY: Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent stands in the Hunter Economic Zone. Decades after its proposal, the zone is almost empty and riddled with waste. Picture: Max Mason Hubers
EMPTY: Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent stands in the Hunter Economic Zone. Decades after its proposal, the zone is almost empty and riddled with waste. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

It was a master plan to save the Lower Hunter’s working class from economic collapse as mines and heavy industry abandoned the region. But, 20 years after Hunter Economic Zone was first proposed, storefronts in Kurri Kurri stand vacant, unemployment is high and the 850 hectare economic zone is empty. 

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Perry Duffin

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