About

down arrow
We are...

We are...

A different kind of economic development company

Dantia is Lake Macquarie City’s economic development company. We’re unique in the Australian landscape, as we’re fully funded by government, but independently and commercially governed and managed. So, we have all the advantages of key local knowledge, experience and connections plus the flexibility and business acumen to make things happen quickly.

Learn more

Ready for growth and investment

We’re here and ready to help your development, investment, expansion or relocation idea come to life in Lake Macquarie. We exist to create investment and long-term employment opportunities for our growing city and region. For this reason we provide our services free of charge, working alongside you to develop strategies to ease the burden of every stage of your project.

Learn more
 

Flexible to your needs

We understand that every project is different. Your challenges and risks will be unique to your commercial opportunity, and so is the way we work with you. We will partner with you from inception through to delivery and operations – propelling your initiative forward, mitigating risks and celebrating your wins.

Our aim is to unlock the potential of our city and the broader region for your commercial opportunity, whatever that may take. We take a customised approach to our engagement throughout the life cycle of your business or project needs, with the ultimate aim of delivering an outcome that is mutually beneficial to you and the economic diversity and prosperity of the city.

Learn More

Proud of who we are

Dantia was established by Lake Macquarie City Council in 2014, modelled on market-leading economic development entities in New Zealand, Europe and the United States. Common to these highly effective entities was an operating model that was independent and provided a commercial interface for business with state and local government authorities.

Dantia is the thought leader that drives, represents and delivers Lake Macquarie City’s bold vision for growth and prosperity in the region. We benefit from being fully funded by government while also being an independent company with commercial governance and leadership. We are uniquely placed to understand the idiosyncrasies of planning processes while bringing a commercial mindset to everything we do.

Read more about our 20 year vision for shaping the economic future of our city here.

Our team

Our team

Peter Francis

Peter Francis Chief Executive Officer

Peter leads our agile executive team at Dantia, bringing his enthusiasm and unrivalled local commercial knowledge together to connect people, places and opportunities with ease. He is an accomplished executive who has spent over 20 years managing and facilitating the development of complex commercial and community property assets to create positive economic, social and environmental change for the mutual and sustainable benefit of community, customers and shareholders. Peter commenced as CEO in April 2017.

Prior to joining Dantia, Peter was Executive Manager Trade and Business Development at the Port of Newcastle, where he was a member of the executive team that delivered a 27x earnings sale of the asset. He oversaw the diversification of port business, introducing new capabilities for fuel, grain and project cargo, defence and commercial ship building. He also secured funding for a cruise terminal, and completed transactions for a container terminal and over 100 other commercial leases.

Peter led an award-winning $470m redevelopment of Charlestown Square while General Manager of the region’s largest shopping centre in the region from 2003 to 2011. From 2011-12, he managed GPT’s Rouse Hill Town Centre. He has also held executive positions at Blacktown Olympic Park, and at Centennial Park and Moore Park, two of Sydney’s premier sport and recreation assets. Peter holds a Master of Business General Management, a Graduate Diploma of Management and BA. Peter is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and NSW Real Estate Licensee.

Phone (02) 4905 0088

Email peter@dantia.com.au

Next Member

Our governance

Our governance

Our independence from government is what sets us apart from other economic development operations in Australia. We are uniquely placed to develop evidence based strategies and operational delivery plans that navigate the nuances of government processes with a truly commercial mindset. Providing the necessary strategic support for our objectives is an experienced Board of non-executive Directors.

Dianne Allen

Dianne Allen Chairperson

Deputy Chancellor, The University of Newcastle

Dianne is a lifelong resident of Lake Macquarie and has spent most of her career working as a chartered accountant in public practice including operating her own firm for more than 15 years.

Dianne has over 20 years of boardroom experience with government-owned corporations and not-for-profit entities. She currently holds a number of board and advisory positions with organisations throughout the Hunter region including the roles of Deputy Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, Chair of Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee at Lake Macquarie City Council and member of Audit and Risk Committee with Hunter New England Local Health District.

Dianne’s extensive financial experience and capacity to provide governance during periods of change is a key asset to the Dantia Board.

Next Member

Our publications

Our publications

Strategic plan

We’re a forward-thinking and ambitious organisation. That’s why we have a strategic plan that outlines the key actions and targets ahead of us for the next 20 years. Our strategic plan is our roadmap to securing investments that provide long-term employment opportunities for current and future generations of the Lake Macquarie community.

Learn more

Operational plan

Our operational plan sets out how we put our ambitions into action. It guides our decision-making as we work towards our long-term goals.

Learn more

Annual report

Learn more about our financial and operational performance in our annual report.

Learn more