Strategy and Innovation Advisory Committee


To provide advice and guidance on the development of strategies, and identification of challenges and opportunities, in relation to activation of Newcastle as a destination leading in innovative technologies, smart infrastructure, and high value investment, and major events and tourism.


Advisory Committees are established under Part Q of CN’s Code of Meeting Practice to provide advice to the elected Council on matters of strategic significance, and to provide advice to CN on implementation of relevant matters aligned to the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan. Advisory Committees may make recommendations to Council or a Committee of Council, but no functions are delegated to them by CN.


Membership to this Committee includes:

  • Up to three Councillors (Cr Declan Clausen (Chair) and Cr Brad Luke)
  • The Lord Mayor
  • Representatives from stakeholder organisations (Alex Zelinsky from University of Newcastle, Bob Hawes from Hunter Business Chamber, Alison McGaffin from Regional NSW, Joe James from Hunter Joint Organisation, Larry Platt from Avitech)
  • Up to three community representatives (Rhett Morson).

The Lord Mayor may attend any Advisory Committee meeting as a voting member. Community representatives of CN Advisory Committees are not paid and serve on a voluntary basis.

If more applications from suitable community representatives are received than positions, offers of membership will be made to the top applicant/s and the remainder placed on an eligibility list.

Responsibility of Advisory Committee Members

Committee members are expected to have the time needed to understand the Committee’s business papers and attend Committee meetings and provide advice and feedback on matters brought before the Committee.

Committee members are required to follow applicable CN policies and procedures and must:

  • Conduct themselves in accordance with CN’s Code of Conduct
  • Declare and manage Conflicts of Interest in accordance with CN’s Code of Conduct
  • Maintain confidentiality and not disclose confidential or private information
  • Not use information gained through membership of the Committee for a private benefit for themselves or any other person
  • Understand CN’s Media Policy and not speak to the media or members of the public on behalf of CN, the Advisory Committee or working party.

CN has adopted Guidelines for Meeting Practice. These Guidelines provide additional detail on responsibility requirements.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held quarterly, on the first Tuesday of the month commencing at 5:30pm at 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle West.

Current scheduled meetings are:

  • 6 August 2019
  • 5 November 2019
  • 31 March 2020 - CANCELLED
  • 2 June 2020 - CANCELLED
  • 4 August 2020
  • 3 November 2020 - CANCELLED
  • 18 November 2020
  • 4 February 2021
  • 1 June 2021
  • 3 August 2021 - POSTPONED
  • 7 September 2021 - TO BE HELD ONLINE
  • 2 November 2021 - CANCELLED

Agenda of Meetings Held

Minutes of Meetings Held

Terms of Reference

Download the Terms of Reference (PDF)