Council will write to the NSW Premier to reinstate a parliamentary secretary for the Hunter

Cessnock City councillors have unanimously supported a mayoral minute to push to reinstate a parliamentary secretary for the Hunter.

Council will write to NSW Premier Gladys Berijikilian "asking the government to reconsider their decision to scrap the position of Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast".

"The role of the parliamentary Secretary has been critical to the Hunter JO (joint office) and the NSW Government being able to effectively collaborate," Cr Pynsent said in the minute.

"The role allows for an efficient pathway for advocacy, ensuring relevant NSW government departments and ministers are aware of the important work we are doing for our region.

"This decision limits the ability for the NSW government to identify significant opportunities in the region.

Scot MacDonald was the previous Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter.

Scot MacDonald was the previous Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter.

"The disappointing decision was made without any consultation and means less representation for the people of the Hunter."

The parliamentary secretary for the Hunter role was axed as part of a new cabinet announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian last month.

The role had been held by Scot MacDonald until the March 23 election.

Mr MacDonald held the role from April 2015 to January 2017 but lost it to Catherine Cusack when Ms Berejiklian became premier.

Greater Newcastle is NSW's second biggest city and we deserve to be heard by our state leaders

Bob Pynsent

He was reinstated in April last year after Ms Cusack was forced to resign.

"This is a great loss to the entire state as our region offers significant opportunities to the NSW Government that may remain untapped if important communication lines are cut," Cr Pynsent said.

"Greater Newcastle is NSW's second biggest city and we deserve to be heard by our state leaders."