From the Maitland Mercury report:
Six decades after councils across the Hunter banded together in the wake of the 1955 Maitland flood, the union is still breaking new ground in the local government sector.
Hunter Councils, made up of 11 member councils from Maitland, Newcastle, Cessnock and other parts of the region, celebrated its 60th anniversary yesterday.
Mayors from each member council sit on the board of the organisation, which has been involved in a state government pilot program.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 9, 2015.