Newcastle Council will write to Premier Gladys Berejiklian urging her to reinstate the portfolio of Minister for the Hunter.

Councillors approved the measure after a Lord Mayoral minute expressing disappointment at the decision to abolish the role of Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter following last month’s election.

Gladys Berejiklian was the last Minister for the Hunter before the position was scrapped in 2015.

Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes believes the region needs a dedicated minister in cabinet to ensure there’s local representation in decision making.

Gladys Berejikian during her first visit to Newcastle as Minister for the Hunter in April 2014 Picture: