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The Department of Planning and Environment is supporting a series of public forums promoting economic growth across regional NSW.


The town hall-style meetings known as the “Next Crop Forums”, will bring together leading industry minds to discuss their own personal success and cutting-edge ideas which could economically benefit regional NSW towns.


This new public forum initiative – a joint venture of The Land and Good Fruit and Vegetables – is also an opportunity for the Department to better engage with regional communities.


Executive Director for Regions, Steve Murray, said the public forum initiative will assist the Department in planning for future regional infrastructure and services.


“At the Department we have regional offices spread across NSW with locations in Grafton, Dubbo, Wollongong and Newcastle,” Mr Murray said.


“Our role is about working collaboratively with local councils, industry and the NSW western region to better plan for our future population’s key needs in terms of housing, jobs, infrastructure and maintaining a healthy environment.


“Our regional teams work closely with councils, industry and other agency stakeholders to implement planning outcomes which are balanced and sustainable.”


The Department’s regional offices are also responsible for preparing, implementing and monitoring regional plans which outline a vision for the region’s future, centred on building a diverse economy.


Each of the Department’s regions work closely with their local communities to best utilise its resource and agricultural sectors, preserve cultural heritage and nationally-significant environmental areas, and help build resilient communities.


The forums will be held at the following locations:

  • Grenfell, April 5
  • Armidale, May 3
  • Griffith, June 7
  • Moree, July 5
  • Cobar, August 2
  • Yass, September 6
  • Lismore, October 4

For more information go to the regional plans page.


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