You’re Invited

Showcasing excellence

The 2019 Hunter Manufacturing Awards will welcome Newcastle-born World Champion Red Bull Air Race Pilot, Matt Hall, to share his extraordinary story with the region.

Matt’s career has taken him across the globe from leading a squadron of fighter pilots in the Iraq War to performing aerial acrobatics in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Our region’s leaders and innovators in manufacturing are invited to this exclusive event to celebrate excellence.

The Hunter Manufacturing Awards inspire and encourage vibrant and enduring manufacturing in our region. Showcasing organisations small and large, the streamlined Hunter Manufacturing Awards highlight excellence across innovation, product design, technology, emerging talent and more.


About the Awards night:

  • When: 6.30pm, Friday October 11, 2019
  • Venue: Wests City, King Street Newcastle
  • Tickets: $150pp or a table for $1500. This includes canapés, main and dessert AND wine, beer and soft drinks for the night
  • Dress: Black tie/lounge suit and after 5 for ladies
  • Please RVSP before October 4, 2019
  • Tickets available through EventBrite

Race pilot Matt Hall to share his story

Matt Hall brings to life his exceptional story that began with humble beginnings and unimaginable goals that led him from rural Lake Macquarie, to close-quarters combat in Iraqi airspace and eventually the global stage as a Red Bull Air Race World Championship contender.

A retired former Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), a combat veteran of Iraq with USAF medals for heroism under fire in his F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet, Hall takes his audience into a world most have only seen sensationalised on the silver screen.

When he left the RAAF, Hall yet again defied his detractors to become the first Aussie to race in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.  A six-time race winner, his career is highlighted by finishing series runner-up in 2015 and 2016.

Matt Hall also endured a much-publicised event in his second year as a race pilot when his aircraft pitched into the Detroit River in Canada, only to see the Australian fly it out and land uninjured. It ruined his championship aspirations, but animates a tough discussion focusing on how to rebound from adversity.