Speaking at the Australia-Taiwan-Business Council conference in Newcastle today, Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon told Taiwanese visitors the Hunter was “open for business”.
“The Hunter’s economy is strong, diverse and keen to secure your investment,” Mr Fitzgibbon told the audience including fifty business leaders and government officials from Taiwan.
“Newcastle was originally known as Coal River, we were built on coal. We exported our first coal to India in 1801. Our coal mining industry has brought us great wealth and will be strong for decades to come.
“We want more investment in coal, in gas, renewable energy and battery storage. We can also do more with our international partners in agriculture and tourism. We will work with you to secure the good return you are looking for.”
The conference has been held at Newcastle’s Crown Plaza and will continue tomorrow.