Hunter and Central Coast Infrastructure Prioritisation Framework and Cessnock Pilot

The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 identifies the need to deliver land for housing quickly and cost effectively.

  • Client

    Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

  • LGAS


  • Size


  • Value


  • Sector

    Land Use & Transport

  • Services

    Policy & Analytics

  • Office


  • Team

    Mehra Jafari, Winston Yang, Connor Mackenzie

  • Completed


  • Photography

    Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

About the project

Mecone with partners Infrastructure and Development Consulting (IDC) were engaged by the NSW DPIE to develop an infrastructure assessment framework for the Hunter and Central Coast Region that facilitates the identification and prioritisation of state and local infrastructure needs over the long term.
This Infrastructure Prioritisation Framework (IPF) was piloted in the Cessnock LGA to determine how enabling infrastructure could be identified and prioritised to deliver the most efficient, equitable and cost-effective infrastructure sequencing for government, developers, and the community.
The basis of the framework is infrastructure staging cost-effectiveness analysis, with additional evaluation criteria that consider wider environmental and socio-economic factors, as well as various funding sources. Once the staging of areas had been developed, various housing and population growth scenarios were developed and tested in the prioritisation tool, that allowed for the forecasting of infrastructure demand over time.