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

Priorities for each council are set out in the following section and will guide further investigations and implementation. The priorities build on the directions and actions in this Plan to achieve outcomes on the ground. 

Planning will encourage infrastructure delivery that targets the needs of its communities. It will also encourage efficiencies in the allocation of resources and investment to improve the liveability and sustainability of the region.

The NSW Government will assist councils to translate these into local plans.

Local government areas of the New England North West

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Armidale Regional

Armidale Regional is in the heart of the New England area and enjoys a prosperous economy, diverse community, outstanding natural assets and access to high level services.

Settlement is centred on the regional city of Armidale which serves the wider New England area with higher-order services including health, retail and professional services. A strong education focus is founded around digital opportunities provided by the NBN, the University of New England, numerous public and private schools and the NSW TAFE Digital Hub. Ben Lomond, Guyra, Ebor, Hillgrove and other smaller settlements service the communities outside of Armidale.

Armidale Regional has significant natural assets including the World Heritage-listed rainforest protected within the Oxley Wild Rivers and New England national parks and spectacular waterfalls gorges. 

Cool climate vineyards, fine food and a fascinating cultural heritage attract visitors.

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Armidale and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Ben Lomond, Guyra and Ebor.
  • Foster the growth of knowledge-based, education and health-services industries and cluster related activity around the Armidale Rural Referral Hospital and the University of New England.
  • Maximise the opportunities of Armidale Regional Airport to meet demand and provide greater access to tourism opportunities.
  • Support the development of employment lands such as Acacia Park.
  • Support opportunities to grow businesses enabled by the establishment of NBN fibre to the premises.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Support the New England Regional Arts Museum and other arts organisations to position the LGA as a recognised arts and cultural centre in regional Australia.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

Glen Innes Severn

Glen Innes Severn is located in the north east of the New England Tablelands. Glen Innes sits at the cross roads of the New England and Gwydir highways and provides essential retail, commercial and community services to local communities. Emmaville and Deepwater fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character. 

Glen Innes Severn provides iconic visitor experiences including the Australian Standing Stones, where the Australian Celtic Festival is celebrated each May. Its abundant environmental assets include World Heritage-listed Washpool and Gibraltar Range national parks. 

The Shire has a rich agricultural and mining history and its location atop the Great Dividing Range has seen growth in wind farming. The region’s first wind farm is currently under construction with a second and third to follow.

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Glen Innes and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Emmaville and Deepwater.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Support new and emerging job opportunities associated with Glen Innes District Hospital.
  • Maximise innovation and efficiencies in the agricultural sector including those arising from the Glen Innes Agricultural Research and Advisory Station.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature based, adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences by leveraging environmental and iconic assets such as the Australian Standing Stones.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

Gunnedah

The Gunnedah LGA has a history in agricultural production, agribusiness and mineral resource production. The Gunnedah strategic centre, at the junction of Oxley and Kamilaroi highways, provides essential retail, commercial and community services to local communities. Curlewis, Mullaley, Tambar Springs, Carroll, Breeza, Kelvin and Emerald Hill fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character of the area. 

Gunnedah’s economy continues to attract and support jobs, including a thriving commercial, cultural and retail service sector as well as valueadding industries in manufacturing and processing. 

The nation’s biggest agricultural field day, Agquip, is held at Gunnedah each August. Farmers markets and the Gunnedah Sunday Session and Markets provide an alternative market place for artists, makers, foodies and alternative and unique product producers. One of Australia’s healthiest koala colonies calls Gunnedah LGA home. 

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Gunnedah and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Curlewis, Mullaley, Tambar Springs, Carroll, Breeza, Kelvin and Emerald Hill.
  • Foster the growth of knowledge-based, education and health-services industries and related activity around Gunnedah District Hospital.
  • Support the development of employment lands.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Expand nature based adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

 

Gwydir

Gwydir Shire stretches from the Queensland border to the Endear Range in the south. Its diverse landscapes of steep and undulating lands to flat open plains attract tourists, particularly those seeking eco–tourism and adventure tourism experiences.

Bingara and Warialda provide local retail, commercial and community services and a high quality of life for residents and visitors. Gravesend, Cobbadah, Upper Horton, Croppa Creek, North Star and Warialda Rail fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character of the area. 

Gwydir has a strong and growing economy based on agriculture and supports the ‘Golden Triangle’ around North Star, famous for its high yielding crops such as wheat, barley, sorghum, maize, chick peas, canola and cotton. 

Gwydir has abundant environmental assets, including part of Mt Kaputar National Park and Copeton Dam, and the Gwydir and Horton rivers. 

This rich environment underpins the area’s important tourism sector. Managing these assets will deliver a healthy environment and a strong economy.

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Bingara and Warialda, and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Gravesend, Cobbadah, Upper Horton, Croppa Creek, North Star, and Warialda Rail.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Support the development of employment lands. 
  • Expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Promote a vibrant, youthful and mobile workforce and provide services for the ageing population.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

Inverell

Inverell LGA is nestled alongside the Macintyre River on the western slopes of New England. Inverell is the focal centre located on the Gwydir Highway and provides essential retail, commercial and community services to a range of local communities. Ashford, Gilgai, Yetman and Delungra fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character of the area. 

Inverell has a strong and growing economy based on agriculture, particularly beef cattle and cropping. It is the operating centre for a large beef processing company, the largest employer in Inverell. Inverell is also a major contributor to Australia’s sapphire production and offers a popular tourist attraction in gem fossicking. 

Copeton Dam is the largest water storage in New England North West, providing the water source for environmental flows to the Gwydir catchment and irrigation. Copeton Dam provides a reliable domestic and industrial water supply for Inverell and is a popular water-based recreation area. 

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Inverell and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Ashford, Gilgai, Yetman and Delungra.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Support the development of employment lands.
  • Expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences by leveraging the area’s environmental and iconic assets including Copeton Dam.
  • Promote a vibrant, youthful and mobile workforce and provide services for the ageing population.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

 

Liverpool Plains

Liverpool Plains is located in the south-west of the region and is strategically located to access Sydney and Newcastle. Quirindi and Werris Creek boast rural charm, providing essential retail, commercial and community services to a range of local communities. Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Caroona, Walhallow, Currabubula, Premer, and Spring Ridge fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character of the area. 

Liverpool Plains has some of the most productive land in NSW due to its rich black soils underlain by extensive ground water resources. Not only is it an important food producing area it is also located at the southern end of the Gunnedah Coal Basin. Improved transport connections to Sydney and Newcastle will continue to support future economic opportunities. 

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Quirindi and Werris Creek and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Caroona, Walhallow, Currabubula, Premer and Spring Ridge.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Support the development of employment lands.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Promote a vibrant, youthful and mobile workforce and provide services for the ageing population.
  • Expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

 

Moree Plains

Moree Plains is located in the north-west of the region adjoining the Queensland border.  Moree provides essential retail, commercial and community services to a range of local communities. Mungindi, Boggabilla, Ashley Biniguy, Boomi, Pallamallawa, Gurley and Weemalah fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character of the area. 

Moree is one of the top agricultural producing areas in Australia. Large-scale cereal and chickpea crops as well as cotton are significant export and domestic industries. The area also supplies pecan nuts, sheep, cattle, oil seeds and olives which contribute significantly to the national economy. 

Moree is one of the key locations for the potential Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail. Moree has abundant tourism assets, including artesian spa baths, art deco architecture and water park. These assets continue to draw tourists and contribute to attractive lifestyles. 

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Moree and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Mungindi, Boggabilla, Ashley, Biniguy, Boomi, Pallamallawa, Gurley and Weemalah.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Support Moree as a ‘Smart City’ to reduce costs and enhance services for agribusiness and dependent business suppliers.
  • Expand nature-based adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences, including Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre and the Moree Water Park as major regional sports, recreation and cultural facilities.
  • Promote a vibrant, youthful and mobile workforce and provide services for the ageing population.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

 

Narrabri

Narrabri LGA is located on the western border of the New England North West. At its heart is the Namoi Valley renowned by its rich fertile soils producing some of the world’s highest quality wheat, cotton, lamb and beef. 

Narrabri provides essential retail, commercial and community services to a range of local communities. The centres of Wee Waa and Boggabri, with a number of smaller settlements including Pilliga, Gwabegar, Baan Baa and Bellata, fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character of the area. 

Narrabri has a strong and growing economy centred on agricultural production, agribusiness and mineral resource production and includes several research institutions. It is home to the Pilliga State Forest or Pilliga Scrub, which is the largest semi-arid woodland in the state. This rare forest type supports approximately 900 native plants and over 100 native animal species. 

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Narrabri and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Wee Waa, Pilliga, Bellata, Gwabegar, Baan Baa and Boggabri.
  • Support economic diversification and strengthening including upskilling health and education workers.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Expand nature-based adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy opportunities. 

 

Tamworth Regional

Tamworth Regional is strategically positioned in the south of the region with access to Sydney and Newcastle. Tamworth is a regional city that provides one in three of the region’s homes and jobs and a variety of high-level services, including civic, entertainment and cultural venues. These include Tamworth Base Hospital, TAFE NSW and national sporting facilities like the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre. 

The balance of the urban population lives in surrounding smaller settlements including Manilla, Kootingal, Barraba, Nundle and Moonbi. 

Tamworth’s strong agricultural foundations in industries such as poultry, beef cattle and cropping, are well serviced by rail, road and air networks. The manufacturing industry, retail and commercial services, aviation and tourism are also important economic generators. The Tamworth Country Music Festival attracts more than 50,000 festival goers each year.14 

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Tamworth and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Manilla, Kootingal, Barraba, Nundle, Moonbi and other areas. 
  • Foster the growth of knowledge-based, education and health-services industries and cluster related activity around the Tamworth Base Hospital and TAFE NSW.
  • Maximise the opportunities of Tamworth Regional Airport to meet growing demand and provide greater access to tourism opportunities.
  • Identify and protect intensive agriculture clusters and encourage opportunities for agribusiness including research and development to maximise innovation and efficiencies in the agricultural sector.
  • Expand nature-based adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences.
  • Support the development of employment lands including Glen Artney.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

 

Tenterfield

Tenterfield LGA is the northern gateway to New England adjoining the Queensland border. Tenterfield provides essential retail, commercial and community services to local communities. Drake, Urbenville and other settlements fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character of the area.

Tenterfield has a strong and growing economy based on agriculture and mineral resource production. Retail trade, health, education and tourist accommodation also are also important economic generators.

Tenterfield has a rich historic heritage. It is known as the ‘Birthplace of our Nation’ - Sir Henry Parkes delivered his Federation Speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889, which ultimately led to Federation in 1901. Tenterfield has abundant environmental assets, such as Bald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo national parks. This rich environment underpins the area’s tourism sector. Managing these assets will deliver a healthy environment and a strong economy. 

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Tenterfield and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Drake and Urbenville.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Expand nature-based adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences.
  • Promote a vibrant, youthful and mobile workforce and provide services for the ageing population.
  • Leverage cross-border opportunities with South East Queensland particularly with Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and Brisbane.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.

 

Uralla

Uralla LGA is located on the western edge of the New England Tablelands. Uralla is the main centre with other settlements including Bundarra, Arding, Rocky River, Kingstown, Invergowrie and Kentucky. Uralla provides retail, commercial and community services. It enjoys strong social and economic links with Armidale. Residents are attracted to Uralla for its unique country lifestyle and heritage. 

The LGA’s primary rural industries are fine wool and beef production. Boutique industries including vineyards and breweries have helped to establish Uralla as a gastro-tourism destination. Uralla showcases over 50 buildings of historic significance, antique stores, art galleries and specialty stores. Community-led renewable energy projects will support the town’s journey to become a Zero Net Energy Town (Z-NET).

Priorities:

  • Support new housing in Uralla and protect the unique character of centres including Bundarra and settlement areas of Arding, Rocky River, Kingstown, Invergowrie and Kentucky.
  • Grow and diversify the local agricultural base by encouraging opportunities for agribusiness and research and development institutions.
  • Support emerging boutique food and tourism-based cottage retail enterprises. 
  • Investigate the potential for wind and solar production and encourage renewable energy opportunities.
  • Expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism by leveraging the area’s environmental and iconic assets.
  • Raise the area’s profile and awareness of employment, business development and lifestyle opportunities, particularly for younger people.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities. 

 

Walcha

Walcha LGA is located on the south-eastern edge of the New England Tablelands and sits on the Oxley Highway and Thunderbolts Way. Walcha is the focal centre and provides essential retail, commercial and community services to local communities including a modern multi-purpose health service facility and primary and secondary schools. The centre of Nowendoc fulfils local service needs and contributes to the unique local character of the area. 

Walcha’s rich basalt soil supports some of the world’s best fine wool as well as beef production and forestry. Walcha has abundant environmental assets, such as Oxley Wild Rivers and Werrikimbe national parks and contains World Heritage-listed rainforest. Iconic visitor experiences such as trout streams and spectacular waterfalls will continue to draw domestic and international tourists, contribute to attractive lifestyles and grow the local economy. 

Priorities:

  • Deliver a variety of housing options in Walcha and promote development that contributes to the unique character of Nowendoc.
  • Encourage diversification in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness to grow these sectors and harness domestic and international opportunities.
  • Continue to develop access and logistics infrastructure on appropriate sites to encourage new industry opportunities.
  • Expand nature-based adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences.
  • Identify and promote wind, solar and other renewable energy production opportunities.
  • Promote a vibrant, youthful and mobile workforce and provide services for the ageing population.
  • Raise the area’s profile and awareness of employment, business development and lifestyle opportunities, particularly for younger people.
  • Foster resilience and diversification in the agricultural industry to respond to the ageing farming workforce and climate change.

Page last updated: 05/09/2019