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The Far West Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year blueprint for the future of the Far West.
 
The NSW Government’s vision for the Far West is to create a diverse economy, supported by the right infrastructure, an exceptional natural environment and resilient communities.
 
To achieve this vision the Government has set three goals for the region:

  • A diverse economy with efficient transport and infrastructure networks 
  • Exceptional semi-arid rangelands traversed by the Barwon-Darling River
  • Strong and connected communities
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Vision

Vision

A diverse regional economy, supported by the right infrastructure, an exceptional natural environment and resilient communities

See the vision for the Far West Regional Plan 2036
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Goal 1 - A diverse economy with efficient transport and infrastructure networks

Goal 1 - A diverse economy with efficient transport and infrastructure networks

Despite its relatively small population, the Far West is a significant regional economy. In 2011, the region generated $2.8 billion in gross regional product.

More on this region's economic goals
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Goal 2 - An exceptional and distinctive natural environment

Goal 2 - An exceptional and distinctive natural environment

The Far West has some of the most exceptional natural landscapes in Australia, including vast semi-arid rangelands that are traversed by the rich Barwon–Darling river system floodplain.

Read about this region's environmental goals
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Goal 3 - Strong and connected communities

Goal 3 - Strong and connected communities

The success of the region is linked to the strength and character of its communities. The capacity of communities to adapt to change (for example, population and climate) and promote greater social cohesion and wellbeing will be increasingly important into the future. Communities need to be informed, proactive and collaborative in meeting the challenges ahead.

More on this region's cultural character
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Local Government Narratives

Local government narratives and urban growth area maps

The NSW Government will work with each council to deliver the directions and actions set out in this Plan

Read about the local government narratives
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Glossary and end notes

Glossary and endnotes

A list of definition and the reference source for this regional plan.

Read the glossary and endnotes

Acknowledgements

Image of Royal Flying Doctor service, credit: Broken Hill City Council

Image of sunset strip Menindee Lakes, credit: Broken Hill City Council

Image of Broken Hill, credit: Broken Hill City Council

Image of campground, credit: D Finnegan, Office of Environment and Heritage