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Maitland Council plans bold, bright economic future


Everything from sustainability and smart cities to education and innovation is set to be explored at Maitland City Council’s hotly-anticipated Future Maitland forum this week.

Billed as an inspirational evening, filled with engaging ideas and exciting scenarios, the event – at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on Wednesday 31 August from 5.30pm – will be headlined by keynote speaker James Tuma.

An accomplished urban thinker, strategist and sustainability advocate, the Future State group director will serve as a guide through a series of circumstances designed to get the mind working and the creative juices flowing.

“As a team of strategists and future focused thinkers, we are excited to partner with Maitland City Council to help provoke creative ideas among the communities of Maitland,” Mr Tuma said.

“We’re living in unprecedented times marked by profound social, economic and technological change.

“This is now the opportunity for us to come together with concepts of how we could live, work, learn, play and move between places in the Maitland of the future.

“Ideas are most creative and powerful when they are generated from people who experience it day-to-day.”

A free, all-ages event, Future Maitland will form part of a broader conversation between council and

the community as Maitland City shapes an Economic Development Strategy, which reflects the needs and views of local businesses, industry and community stakeholders.

“It’s the first step in a journey that council is undertaking over the next 12-to-18 months, as we map out Maitland’s economic landscape moving forward, centred around themes like smart cities and innovation,” coordinator city and visitor economy Caroline Booth said.

“Future Maitland is an opportunity for residents to join forces, learn about the possibilities that the future holds and be part of that conversation with council from day dot.”

For more information on Future Maitland, and to secure your spot, visit

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