Hunter offshore renewable energy infrastructure: have your say

The Australian Government is seeking your feedback on the benefits and effects of future offshore renewable energy projects in a proposed area of the Pacific Ocean region.

The area is 10 km off the NSW Hunter coast and has quality wind resources and marine conditions.

A strong offshore energy industry in the region provides opportunities to:

  • drive economic growth
  • support and create jobs
  • provide clean and affordable power to households, businesses and industrial consumers
  • help us reach net zero by 2050.

There are around 3,000 engineering and manufacturing jobs expected from the new offshore industry in the area.

Hunter is the second out of 6 priority regions identified as possibly suitable for large-scale offshore wind projects. The first area declared as suitable was Bass Strait off Victoria’s Gippsland coast.

The Hunter community and interested stakeholders can attend drop-in question and answer sessions with DCCEEW staff from Monday 6 March 2023 to Thursday 9 March 2023:


Monday 6 March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Breakers Country Club

64 Dover Road, Wamberal NSW 2260



Tuesday 7 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm

The Doylo

80 Pacific Highway, Doyalson NSW 2262



Tuesday 7 March, 4pm – 6pm

Swansea RSL

5 Bridge Street, Swansea NSW 2281


Newcastle City

Wednesday 8 March, 12 noon – 2pm

Newcastle City Library, War Memorial Cultural Centre

15 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300


Merewether, Newcastle

Wednesday 8 March, 4pm – 7pm

Bar Beach Bowling Club

29 Kilgour Ave, Merewether NSW 2291


Hawks Nest

Thursday 9 March, 11am – 1pm

Hawks Nest Community Centre

71 Booner Street, Hawks Nest, NSW 2324


Nelson Bay

Thursday 9 March, 5pm – 7pm

Nelson Bay Bowling Club

1 Stockton St, Nelson Bay NSW 2315


Offshore renewable energy projects must share this proposed multi-use area with other marine users and interests. Your feedback will help inform the Minister’s decision on whether the proposed area is suitable for offshore renewable energy.

Submissions must be made through the Have your say portal by Friday 28 April 2023.

Read more

Media release announcing the Hunter offshore renewable energy consultation

Read about how we are establishing offshore renewable energy infrastructure