New CEO for Hunter Development Corporation

Michael Cassel has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Hunter Development Corporation (HDC), as the organisation takes on an expanded role in the future planning of Newcastle and the Hunter.

In this role, Mr Cassel will work with the local community and government agencies to revitalise the Newcastle city centre with projects including the redevelopment of public buildings, the redesign of public spaces and the integration of a new light rail system.

He will do this through the Hunter Development Corporation’s expanded role in Newcastle and the Hunter, charged with implementing the 20-year Hunter Regional Plan and co-ordinating the delivery of infrastructure to unlock new housing and job opportunities.

Mr Cassel will retain his role as the NSW Government’s Program Director for the Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said Mr Cassel has a long history of experience working in Newcastle and will be an asset to the corporation.

“Michael has a wealth of experience in serving the people of Newcastle and I’m sure he will continue to work for the best interests of the local community in his new role at the Hunter Development Corporation,” Mr Stokes said.

“The NSW Government is investing more than $500 million to revitalise Newcastle, and the Hunter Development Corporation with Michael at the helm will be equipped to play a greatly strengthened role in the future of the city and the region.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald welcomed the new appointment.

"I look forward to working with Michael. This is a very important time for HDC as they take a lead role in the implementation of the Hunter Regional Plan. The Hunter has unlimited potential and I am sure Michael Cassel will be integral in its development," Mr MacDonald said.

Prior to his role at UrbanGrowth NSW, Mr Cassel was Development Director at Sorouh Real Estate in Abu Dhabi before returning to Sydney to take up a series of senior development roles at Lend Lease.
He also held the role of Chief Executive of Mission Australia Housing overseeing the growth and management of an extensive social and affordable housing portfolio.

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