NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Places for growth

North Coast Regional Plan 2041

We expect Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads to accommodate much of the region’s future population growth and deliver a wide range of job opportunities, housing, education and health services.

These places provide: 

  • central business districts with large retail outlets, including department stores
  • a range of employment opportunities 
  • schools and higher education, sporting facilities, hospitals, and other health services 
  • NSW Government offices 
  • tourist accommodation, including ecotourist facilities and caravan parks
  • housing choice.

These are the key areas for growth, supported by a network of unique towns and centres across the region. Read objective 11 (PDF, 15.4 MB) and objective 18 (PDF, 15.4 MB) of the regional plan to learn more.

Download the North Coast Regional Plan 2041 (PDF, 15.4 MB).

Cities and centres

The North Coast’s unique mix of cities and centres are hives of economic opportunity. Along with the region’s cities, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Ballina, Kyogle, Casino, Grafton, Bellingen, Macksville and Kempsey each provide housing and employment opportunities and support local communities.

The ongoing development of economic activity will continue to bring economic diversity and provide more job opportunities to ensure prosperity and growth for all North Coast cities, centres and communities.

Page last updated: 07/12/2022