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  • Preparing the plan

    The Draft New England North West Regional Plan is underpinned by a strong evidence base. Data and evidence was gathered and analysed about population change, the regional economy, the housing and employment markets, the location of important environmental and resource areas and natural hazards.


    Background research that has informed the draft Plan can be found under resources.

  • Plan on exhibition 

    The Draft New England North West Regional Plan was on exhibition from 19 December 2016 until 20 February 2017.



    The draft plan has five goals for the region including:

    • A growing and diversified agricultural sector
    • A diversified economy through the management of mineral and energy resources, including renewable energy generation
    • Communities resilient to change, with housing choice and services that meet shifting needs and lifestyles
    • Prosperous urban centres with job opportunities
    • Protected water, environment and heritage
  • Submission review period

    We wish to thank the New England North West community, local councils, community groups, and peak bodies for having their say on the Draft New England North West Regional Plan.


    We will put the submissions on the website shortly. We will endeavour to remove any personal or sensitive information from your submissions, prior to publishing. If you have any concerns about the submissions, please contact our Northern Region (Grafton) office on (02) 6641 6600 or Northern Region (Tamworth) office on (02) 6701 9685.


    We have considered the submissions and issues raised in preparing the final New England North West Regional Plan.

  • Plan approved

    The New England North West Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year blueprint for the future.


    The NSW Government’s vision for the New England North West Region is: Nationally valued landscapes and strong, successful communities from the Great Dividing Range to the rich black soil plains.


    Our vision acknowledges the opportunities provided by natural resources and strong communities and set the following regionally focused goals:

    • A strong and dynamic regional economy
    • A healthy environment with pristine waterways
    • Strong infrastructure and transport networks for a connected future
    • Attractive and thriving communities