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The NSW Government’s vision for North Coast is: The best region in Australia to live, work and play thanks to its spectacular environment and vibrant communities.

To achieve this vision, the Government has set four goals for the region:

  • The most stunning environment in NSW
  • A thriving, interconnected economy
  • Vibrant and engaged communities
  • Great housing choice and lifestyle options
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Vision

Vision

The best region in Australia to live, work and play thanks to its spectacular environment and vibrant communities

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Goal 1 - The most stunning environment in NSW

Goal 1 - The most stunning environment in NSW

Panoramic coastal and rural landscapes define the distinctive environment, character and lifestyles of this region. The North Coast is one of the most biologically diverse regions in Australia,7 including the outstanding biodiversity assets of 15 World Heritage Areas, covering over 117,000 hectares.

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Goal 2 - A thriving, interconnected economy

Goal 2 - A thriving, interconnected economy

The North Coast has the foundations for a thriving economy. It has strong cities and centres with distinctive character, developing inter-regional and cross-border links, growing farming and tourism sectors, high-quality infrastructure and a unique environment. Leveraging these assets will grow jobs and the economy over the longer term.

Goal 2 - A thriving, interconnected economy
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Goal 3 - Vibrant and engaged communities

Goal 3 - Vibrant and engaged communities

The North Coast’s tapestry of coastal and hinterland communities are central to the region’s identity.

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Goal 4 - Great housing choice and lifestyle options

Goal 4 - Great housing choice and lifestyle options

There will be a number of changes over the next 20 years to household size and make-up. A different approach to housing delivery will be required on the North Coast to respond to these changes.

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Local government narratives and urban growth area maps

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. Priorities for each local government area are set out in the following section and will guide further investigations and implementation.

Read about the local government narratives
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Appendices

Appendices

Find out more about urban growth area variation principles.

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Glossary and endnotes

Glossary and endnotes

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

Read the glossary and endnotes