Three ‘regional cities’ in North Coast Regional Plan
COFFS Harbour, Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads as regional cities in the NSW Government's draft North Coast Regional Plan.
The draft plan recognises the three locations are regional cities of the three sub-regions the Mid North Coast, Lower North Coast and Far North Coast.
The plan sets out the government's vision for the region over the next 20 years, focussing on jobs, homes, transport and protecting the natural environment.
Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said the plan focussed on opportunities to build on the North Coast's strengths as a great place to live and work, supporting tourism, agriculture and aviation industries.
"This draft Plan is about providing new homes and jobs while maintaining the area's unique character," Mr Gulaptis said.
"The NSW Government will work with local councils to provide greater housing choice, create jobs and improve access to open spaces."
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomed the plan.
"I am pleased and proud that Coffs Harbour will be officially declared a regional city for the first time. This recognises the important part our local community plays in the region and NSW," Mr Fraser said.
"This draft plan provides a blueprint for our local community over the next two decades, while ensuring it maintains its unique character."
The community can make submissions on the draft Plan until Thursday, June 2 and can also provide feedback via an online survey and interactive map.
Once the exhibition closes, feedback will be assessed and will help inform the final North Coast Regional Plan.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Nationals North Coast MLC Ben Franklin also welcomed the draft Plan.
"Tweed Heads is a key regional centre for the North Coast and for NSW as a whole, and I am delighted it will be declared a regional city," Mr Provest said.
"This plan will help our region grow and prosper into the future," Mr George said.
"I'm delighted the NSW Government has the vision to make people's lives better now and into the future on the North Coast," Mr Franklin said.