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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 local government area 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 desired outcomes on the ground. Planning will encourage infrastructure delivery that targets the needs of each community. It will also encourage more efficient allocation of resources and investment to improve the liveability and sustainability of the region.

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

This section also contains urban growth area maps for each council. These maps will be updated regularly, with the latest maps available on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website.

Far North Coast

The Far North Coast comprises the Tweed, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Lismore, Byron and Ballina local government areas and adjoins South East Queensland to the north, New England to the west and the Mid North Coast to the south. The traditional owners of the Far North Coast are the Bundjalung people, who maintain a strong connection to country.

 

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  Population Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 45,850 22,000

Ballina Shire is a popular lifestyle, tourism, cultural and recreation destination. Ballina is the shire’s strategic centre and provides essential and higher-level services to residents. Lennox Head, Alstonville and Wollongbar fulfil local service needs for residents who are based further inland and on the coast.

 

Ballina’s environment consists of distinctive coastline, lowland, escarpment and plateau areas. The Ballina to Lennox Head coastal strip and the red soil plateau, in particular, possess unique landscapes and cultural values, and will form the basis for ongoing lifestyle and economic opportunities. Ballina’s extensive open space assets contribute significantly to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Ballina.

 

Ballina has a strong and diverse economy that is sustained by a stable and highly skilled workforce. The shire delivers a range of employment opportunities, with a strong retail sector in Kerr Street as well as health, education, cultural and recreation opportunities.

 

Regional priorities

  • Support economic growth associated with the Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport.
  • Enable opportunities for strategic identification of freight facilities, warehousing and distribution centres, and encourage clustering of associated industries given its advantageous location at the junction of the Pacific and Bruxner highways.
  • Foster stronger connections and alignment with Tweed, Byron and Lismore centres, particularly in relation to employment land delivery.
  • Maximise opportunities associated with growth in South East Queensland and the increased connectivity provided by the upgraded Pacific Highway and digital technology.

 

Economy and employment

  • Maximise the opportunities associated with the growth of the Southern Cross Industrial Precinct to deliver jobs.
  • Support employment lands and jobs at Ballina, Wollongbar and Lennox Head.
  • Protect important farmland areas at Wollongbar, Alstonville, Rous Mill, Empire Vale, Wardell and Fernleigh, and support the development of the agricultural sector and agribusiness.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism places, and enhance visitor experiences in areas such as Alstonville and Lennox Head or major events spaces in Ballina.

 

Housing

  • Deliver housing at Cumbalum, Wardell, North Creek Road and Lennox Head.
  • Support the delivery of greater housing diversity in appropriate locations, including higher housing density in Ballina.

 

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Population  Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 37,950 19,250

Byron Shire is one of Australia’s most visited local government areas, with stunning beaches, beautiful hinterland and vibrant centres like Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby and Bangalow. These communities are centres of creativity, provide boutique retail, food and accommodation options, essential services, and offer a unique lifestyle.

Byron Shire is known for its natural beauty and character. Unique environmental features such as the Arakwal National Park and the Cape Byron Marine Park will continue to draw domestic and international tourists, contribute to attractive lifestyles and grow the local economy.

Byron has a strong economy based on the tourism, creative arts, agricultural, food manufacturing and health sectors. Continuing connectivity improvements to Lismore, Ballina, Tweed and South East Queensland through the Pacific Highway upgrade and digital technology will support future economic growth and opportunities.

Regional priorities

  • Identify additional urban and employment investigation areas to secure future housing and employment land supply.
  • Support a strong and diversified economy based on Byron Shire’s unique character, landscapes and important farmland. 
  • Manage and support growth in Byron Bay.
  • Encourage new opportunities for agribusiness, particularly in relation to organic and boutique food production.
  • Foster stronger connections and alignment with Tweed, Ballina, Lismore and South East Queensland.

Economy and employment

  • Maximise opportunities associated with the growth of South East Queensland.
  • Investigate opportunities for additional employment land at West Byron Bay.
  • Protect important farmland at Eureka, Federal, Bangalow, Goonengerry, Coorabell, Tyagarah, Mullumbimby, Nashua and Billinudgel to support the agribusiness sector.

Housing

  • Deliver housing at West Byron.
  • Investigate opportunities for increased housing diversity in the form of additional multi-unit dwellings in appropriate locations.

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  Population Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 9,550 4,900

The Kyogle Local Government Area has a rich history and is well known for its heritage buildings and architecture that reflect the early timber milling and agricultural ventures of the area. Kyogle is the focal centre of the area, providing local retail, commercial and community services and a high quality of life for residents and visitors.

 

Kyogle has an array of spectacular natural and cultural attributes, including the renowned Border Ranges, Toonumbar and Richmond Range national parks. The striking landscape and local character are major drawcards for tourists, particularly those seeking eco-tourism and adventure tourism experiences.

 

Kyogle is the gateway to the rich agricultural areas in Queensland, including the Scenic Rim and Darling Downs. Improved transport connectivity to Lismore, Casino and the adjoining areas of Queensland will support future economic opportunities for Kyogle.

 

Regional priorities

  • Grow agricultural links along the Summerland Way corridor to South East Queensland to maximise connections with national and international markets.
  • Support the important local grazing, dairy, crops and horticulture industries and promote new opportunities for agribusiness.
  • Foster stronger connections and alignment with the Scenic Rim, Richmond Valley and Lismore communities.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences within areas such as the Border Ranges.

 

Economy and employment

  • Maximise opportunities associated with Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and the expansion of the Bromelton State Development Area to support Kyogle’s agricultural sector.
  • Develop employment land at Kyogle.
  • Protect important farmland at Kyogle, Wiangaree, Cedar Point, Edenville, Dyraaba Central, Roseberry Creek, Robinvale, Old Grevillea and Eden Creek.

 

Housing

  • Deliver housing to the northern, eastern and southern fringes of Kyogle.
  • Support the village and rural lifestyle of Woodenbong, Bonalbo, Tabulam, Mummulgum, Cawongla, Old Bonalbo, Geneva, Wiangaree and Mallanganee.

 

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  Population Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 51,750 23,900

Lismore is a regional city providing essential and high-level services to residents. Smaller local centres such as Goonellabah, Bexhill, Clunes, Dunoon, The Channon, Nimbin, Goolmangar, Caniaba and Wyrallah fulfil local service needs and contribute to the unique local character of the area.

 

Lismore includes part of the Border Ranges rainforest region, one of 15 Australian biodiversity hotspots, and supports fertile, productive land and expansive floodplains. This rich environment underpins the area’s important agricultural and tourism sectors.

 

Lismore has a strong and growing economy that continues to attract and support jobs, anchored by major retail, civic and tertiary infrastructure. Lismore Base Hospital will continue to be a catalyst for growth of the health services industry. The Lismore campus of Southern Cross University will deliver sustained growth in education and training.

 

The Lismore business centre showcases public art, and hosts markets and events, supporting a flourishing creative arts scene.

 

Lismore’s proximity to significant rural production areas in the Richmond Valley and Kyogle council areas offer opportunities to activate agribusiness and leverage cross-border agricultural activities in the Darling Downs and freight transport opportunities at Beaudesert and Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

 

Regional priorities 

  • Grow stronger connections and alignment with Richmond, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron and South East Queensland. 
  • Enhance housing delivery and diversity.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences associated with areas such as the Gondwana Rainforests and Border Ranges.

 

Economy and employment

  • Foster the growth of knowledge-based, education and health-services industries within the Southern Cross University and Lismore Base Hospital precincts.
  • Maximise the opportunities associated with the strong local livestock and horticulture sectors to encourage new opportunities for agribusiness.
  • Protect important farmland areas at Nimbin, Tuntable Falls, Dunoon, Dorroughby, Corndale, Rosebank, Eltham, Bexhill, Lismore, Tuncester, McKees Hill and South Gundurimba to grow the agricultural sector.
  • Support the development of employment lands in South Lismore and Tuncester.

 

Housing

  • Deliver housing at North Lismore and Goonellabah, with additional land to be investigated at Dunoon, Clunes, Bexhill, Wyrallah, Caniaba and Nimbin.
  • Support the delivery of enhanced housing diversity in appropriate locations – including higher-density housing in Lismore.

 

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  Population Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 25,650 12,300

The Richmond Valley spreads from the coastline at Evans Head, along the Richmond River to the rural heartland of Casino and out to the Richmond Ranges. Casino is the focal centre of Richmond Valley and the region’s beef industry, and is the location of the Northern Co-operative Meat Company and the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange, the largest abattoir and livestock exchange in Northern NSW.

Casino is supported by centres such as Woodburn, Evans Head, Broadwater, Coraki and Rileys Hill, which provide rural lifestyle and coastal living opportunities. These centres provide economic diversity through strong retail and tourism sectors and emerging creative industries.

Richmond Valley also has a number of important environmental assets, including wetlands and coastal heath systems located within the Broadwater and Bundjalung national parks. These assets continue to draw tourists and contribute to attractive lifestyles.

Regional priorities

  • Grow agricultural and freight links along the Summerland Way corridor to South East Queensland.
  • Support the local agricultural sector and associated value-adding industries, such as the NSW Sugar Mill and Richmond Dairies at Casino.
  • Foster stronger connections and alignment with Kyogle, Lismore and South East Queensland.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences within Evans Head, Broadwater and Woodburn.

Economy and employment

  • Support the development of an intermodal freight facility at Casino.
  • Protect important farmland at Woodburn, Coraki, Fairy Hill, Casino, Shannon Brook and Leeville, to support the agricultural sector.
  • Deliver new employment opportunities at Casino, Woodburn, Broadwater and Evans Head.

Housing

  • Deliver new housing in Rileys Hill, Evans Head, Woodburn and Casino.
  • Enhance the variety of housing options available in Casino, Evans Head and Coraki and support the unique character of local towns and villages.

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  Population Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 115,350 56,060

The Tweed Shire is the gateway between the North Coast and South East Queensland, and is the fastest growing area in the region.

Tweed Heads is a regional city that continues to develop and integrate with South East Queensland and its ‘twin town’ of Coolangatta. Tweed residents will continue to access high-quality services and facilities from both sides of the NSW-Queensland border. Local services and facilities are provided at Kingscliff, Casuarina, Cabarita, Pottsville and Murwillumbah.

The coastal settlements of the Tweed Shire have experienced some of the strongest growth on the North Coast. The popularity of the Tweed Coast is expected to continue into the future, particularly as opportunities for Greenfield housing on the Gold Coast become more limited. Kingscliff will be an important centre in this regard and will service the growth of the Tweed Coast’s network of villages.

The Tweed is recognised for its iconic natural environment and contains the Mt Warning Caldera, World Heritage listed rainforests and dramatic mountain ranges. This environment, and the Tweed’s proximity to the nationally significant tourist area of the Gold Coast, will support ongoing growth in the tourism industry.

Regional priorities

  • Manage and support growth in Tweed Heads.
  • Foster stronger alignment and integration with South East Queensland and adjoining local government areas such as Byron, Ballina and Lismore.
  • Deliver housing and jobs growth in Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Pottsville.

Economy and employment

  • Foster the growth of knowledge-based, education and health-services industries within the Southern Cross University and The Tweed Hospital precincts.
  • Maximise opportunities associated with the growth of South East Queensland.
  • Promote economic diversification and business, industrial and aviation-industry employment growth by leveraging opportunities related to the Gold Coast Airport.
  • Deliver new employment and business park opportunities at Kingscliff, Pottsville and Murwillumbah.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism places and enhance visitor experiences associated with areas such as the Wollumbin, Mebbin, Mount Jerusalem and Nightcap national parks.

Housing

  • Deliver housing in Kingscliff, Cobaki, Bilambil, Terranora, and Kings Forest, and explore additional Greenfield opportunities at Dunloe Park in Pottsville.
  • Enhance housing diversity by increasing the number of homes in Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Cobaki, Kings Forest and Dunloe Park.

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Mid North Coast

The Mid North Coast comprises the Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Nambucca, Kempsey and Port Macquarie-Hastings local government areas. It is located midway between Sydney and Brisbane and adjoins the Far North Coast, New England, North West and the Hunter. The Biripi, Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Yaegl and Bundjalung are the traditional owners of this land.

 

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  Population Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 12,850 6,550

Bellingen Shire has a diverse range of coastal, hinterland and rural communities, and is a popular tourism, cultural and recreation destination. Bellingen is the administrative centre and boasts a rich architectural heritage, rural charm and a bohemian atmosphere. Dorrigo and Urunga fulfil the local service needs for residents who are based further inland and on the coast.

 

Bellingen Shire is well known for its idyllic mix of natural landscapes, including the Dorrigo Plateau, the World Heritage rainforests of the Waterfall Way, the fertile valleys of the Kalang and Bellinger rivers, and its picturesque coastline. More than half of Bellingen Shire falls within the National Reserve System. Managing this unique natural environment appropriately will be key to delivering a sustainable future and a strong local economy.

 

The local economy and employment base is underpinned by the agriculture and tourism sectors. Its proximity and growing connectivity to adjoining council areas, particularly Coffs Harbour, is creating strong social and economic links between the communities, and ensuring access to high-level employment, health, education and cultural opportunities for the Bellingen community.

 

Regional priorities

  • Identify additional urban and employment investigation areas for inclusion in the urban growth areas, to secure future housing and employment land supply in proximity to Bellingen and Urunga.
  • Support the growth and diversification of the Bellingen Shire’s agricultural base by leveraging the strength of dairy and livestock activities to encourage new opportunities for agribusiness, support emerging organic and boutique food production and maximise connections with the New England.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism by leveraging natural and heritage assets and the emerging creative industries sector.
  • Foster stronger connections and alignment with the Coffs Harbour and Nambucca local government areas.

 

Economy and employment

  • Support the development of employment land at Raleigh to maximise the opportunities associated with the Pacific Highway upgrade and supplement employment land delivery in Coffs Harbour.
  • Protect regionally important farmland areas, including the Dorrigo Plateau and the Kalang and Bellinger valleys, to support the agricultural sector.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance natural and cultural tourism assets such as the Dorrigo and Bellinger River national parks, and coastal and heritage assets that support the tourism sector.

 

Housing

  • Deliver housing at North Bellingen, South Urunga and East Dorrigo.
  • Enhance the variety of housing options to cater for an ageing population in Bellingen and Dorrigo, and support the distinctive character of Bellingen Shire’s towns and villages.

 

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  Population  Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 57,450 29,450

The Clarence Valley Local Government Area takes in an array of coastal and hinterland communities. Grafton is a strategic centre that provides a range of high-level specialist services to local residents and the wider regional community, and was one of the first major commercial centres on the North Coast. Yamba and Maclean fulfil the local service needs of residents north of Grafton and on the coast.

The Clarence Valley has abundant environmental assets, including the Bundjalung and Yuraygir national parks and the Clarence River which underpins a significant aquaculture sector. Managing these assets will be important to delivering a healthy environment and a strong economy.

Major infrastructure investment in projects like the Pacific Highway upgrade and the second Clarence River Crossing project will significantly enhance regional connectivity and provide new economic opportunities. The Clarence Valley’s strong tourism and agricultural base will also be supplemented by the continued development and delivery of regional government services including justice and health facilities.

Regional priorities

  • Foster stronger strategic relationships with Coffs Harbour in relation to employment land delivery.
  • Develop Grafton’s role as a transport hub by leveraging opportunities associated with regional road and rail freight corridors and infrastructure investment.
  • Support the growth and diversification of the shire’s agricultural base by leveraging the strength of sugar cane and cattle production to encourage new opportunities for agribusiness and associated manufacturing and transport.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism by leveraging Clarence Valley’s natural and heritage assets.

Economy and employment

  • Build on the access provided by the Pacific and Gwydir highways, the Summerland Way and the North Coast Railway Line, and explore opportunities for aviation-related clusters to be fostered at Clarence Valley Regional Airport.
  • Maximise opportunities associated with regional health and justice infrastructure, including Grafton Base Hospital, Grafton District Court, and existing and proposed correctional facilities near Grafton.
  • Support employment land at Junction Hill, Clarenza, Glenugie and South Grafton, and explore opportunities to complement employment land delivery in Coffs Harbour.
  • Protect natural assets like the Clarence River and regionally important farmland in the Clarence, Nymboida and Orara Valleys that support local aquaculture and agriculture ventures, and cultural, recreation and tourism activities.

Housing

  • Deliver housing in Grafton, Clarenza, James Creek, Junction Hill and West Yamba to support population growth.
  • Enhance the variety of housing options in Grafton, Maclean and Yamba, and support the unique character of the valleys, towns and villages.

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  Population Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 92,650 43,600

The Coffs Harbour Local Government Area is strategically positioned midway between South East Queensland and Sydney. Coffs Harbour is the regional city for this area. It provides a significant share of the region’s housing and jobs, and delivers a variety of high-level services, including civic, entertainment and cultural venues. Local services and jobs are also available at other centres such as Woolgoolga and Sawtell.

 

The area has a growing and diverse economy based on services and industry anchors like the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport and the Health and Education campuses. The delivery of the National Broadband Network has facilitated a growing digital innovation sector and collaborative partnerships with adjoining local government areas. These adjoining areas have growing creative, manufacturing and transport industries that will facilitate new employment opportunities in Coffs Harbour and the Mid North Coast. The area also supports a highly productive agricultural hinterland, including the nationally significant blueberry industry.

 

Recreation and tourism are important contributors to the Coffs Harbour economy. The area has become a destination for international and national sporting events like the World Rally Championship, and has significant natural areas including the Solitary Islands Marine Park and Bongil Bongil and Bindarri national parks.

 

Regional priorities

  • Manage and support growth in Coffs Harbour.
  • Increase and strengthen social, economic and strategic links with communities in surrounding local government areas such as Bellingen, Clarence Valley and Nambucca.
  • Deliver housing and job opportunities in Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Bonville.
  • Protect environmental assets and important farmland that sustain the agricultural and tourism industries.
  • Maximise opportunities associated with the increased connectivity provided by the upgraded Pacific Highway and digital technology.

 

Economy and employment

  • Develop health, education and aviation precincts at Coffs Harbour, and new employment land at Woolgoolga and Bonville, which will drive opportunities for new investment in a range of sectors.
  • Protect important farmland areas at Corindi and Bonville and encourage initiatives like the Coffs Coast Local Food Alliance to support the development of the agricultural sector and agribusiness.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature based, adventure and cultural tourism assets including Solitary Islands Marine Park, the Jetty Foreshore and other coastal, hinterland, and heritage assets, which will grow the tourism industry.

 

Housing

  • Deliver housing at Corindi Beach, Woolgoolga, North Boambee Valley and Bonville.
  • Enhance the variety of housing options available by increasing the number of homes in and around the Coffs Harbour city centre, Coffs Harbour Jetty and Park Beach.

 

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  Population Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 30,850 15,550

The Kempsey Shire has a unique mix of coastal and rural centres, including Kempsey, Frederickton, South West Rocks, Crescent Head, Stuarts Point, Smithtown, Gladstone and Kundabung.

 

The area has a diverse range of natural landscapes, including; sandy beaches, bays, headlands and rural hinterland, including Hat Head, Arakoon, Limeburners Creek and Goolawah national parks.

 

Kempsey is the focal centre and provides essential retail, commercial and community services to a range of local communities.

 

Kempsey Shire has a strong local economy underpinned by the agricultural sector, which supports a number of major manufacturers like Nestle and Akubra Hats, and the Macleay Valley Food Bowl brand. The continuing growth of the tourism, health and education sectors will also increase economic diversity and job opportunities. Improved transport accessibility, as a result of the Pacific Highway upgrade, and iconic destinations like South West Rocks and Trial Bay Gaol will continue to enhance the area’s popularity with visitors.

 

Kempsey Shire has a strong and growing Aboriginal community. Cultural venues like the Wigay Aboriginal Park and Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery celebrate and share Dunghutti culture with the wider regional community.

 

Regional priorities

  • Foster stronger strategic relationships with Port Macquarie and the Nambucca Valley.
  • Develop opportunities to grow local jobs associated with increased connectivity provided by the upgraded Pacific Highway.
  • Support the growth and diversification of the shire’s agricultural base by leveraging the strength of the dairy and cattle sector to encourage new opportunities for agribusiness and associated manufacturing and transport.

 

Economy and employment

  • Support new and emerging job opportunities associated with Kempsey District Hospital and the Kempsey TAFE campus.
  • Develop employment land at South Kempsey and Frederickton.
  • Protect important farmland in the Macleay Valley.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism by leveraging the area’s environmental and iconic assets such as Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse.

 

Housing

  • Deliver housing in Kempsey, Crescent Head and South West Rocks.
  • Support the unique character of the area’s towns and villages, and deliver rural residential housing opportunities at Collombatti, Frederickton, Yarravel, Euroka, Dondingalong, Verges Creek, Crescent Head, South Kempsey, Kundabung and Yarrahapinni.

 

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  Population  Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 20,850 11,150

The Nambucca Shire has important scenic and ecological values, including pristine coastal waters; the Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach), Yarriabini and Dunggir national parks; parts of the New England Plateau; and the Nambucca River and Taylors Arm floodplains.

Macksville is the administrative centre of the Nambucca Valley, providing essential retail, commercial and community services. Housing and jobs are also located at Nambucca Heads, Valla and Bowraville.

The region has a strong economy based on tourism, agribusiness and manufacturing. Competitive land prices and strong industry networks will create more jobs in a greater range of sectors.

Nambucca has strong links with Coffs Harbour which provides residents access to a variety of higher-order employment, health and education services. Enhanced connectivity as a result of the Pacific Highway upgrade will strengthen this relationship and be an important driver of future growth.

Regional priorities

  • Protect important environmental assets to support the tourism sector and centres such as Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach and Scotts Head.
  • Foster stronger connections and alignment with the regional city of Coffs Harbour and other surrounding local government areas such as Bellingen and Kempsey.
  • Identify agribusiness opportunities that harness the flourishing dairy, beef and macadamia industries.

Economy and employment

  • Deliver job opportunities by supporting Nambucca’s growing economy, competitive land prices and diverse industrial base.
  • Direct future growth away from important farmland and towards Macksville, Nambucca, Bowraville, Valla and Scotts Head.
  • Use the Pacific Highway upgrade and improved digital technology to drive growth and reinforce and strengthen connections with Coffs Harbour and other surrounding centres.
  • Develop employment lands at Macksville and Valla.
  • Identify opportunities to expand nature-based, adventure and cultural tourism.

Housing

  • Deliver housing at Macksville, Valla and Scotts Head.
  • Support rural residential housing opportunities in appropriate locations.

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  Population  Dwellings
2036 (Projected) 94,700 46,750

Port Macquarie-Hastings is the southern gateway to the North Coast, and has a diverse and high- quality environment. The environment underpins the local economy, attracts residents and visitors, and enables international sporting events like IRONMAN Australia, which continue to grow Port Macquarie’s events and tourism calendar.

Port Macquarie is a regional city with a thriving cultural and civic centre, accommodating a distinctive mix of retail, commercial, tourism, entertainment and cultural activities. Coastal and rural centres, such as Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills, Laurieton and Wauchope, will continue to provide local jobs and lifestyle housing options that support their character.

The area has a diverse and vibrant economy as a result of ongoing investment in the health, education, agriculture and aviation sectors. The Port Macquarie Base Hospital; the development of the new Charles Sturt University Campus; and the ongoing delivery of tertiary education by other providers, including the University of Newcastle and North Coast TAFE, will increase local opportunities and deliver jobs.

Regional priorities

  • Manage and support growth in Port Macquarie.
  • Grow community connectivity between centres and with Kempsey Shire.
  • Deliver housing and job opportunities in Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills and Camden Haven.
  • Protect environmental assets and important farmland areas that sustain the agricultural and tourism industries.
  • Maximise opportunities associated with growth in the Hunter region and the increased connectivity provided by the Pacific Highway upgrade and digital technology.

Economy and employment

  • Develop health, education and aviation precincts at Port Macquarie, and new employment land at Sancrox and Wauchope, which will drive opportunities for new investment in a range of sectors.
  • Protect important farmland areas at Wauchope, Comboyne and along the Hastings, Maria and Wilson rivers, which will support the development of the agricultural sector and agribusiness.
  • Harness nature and cultural-based tourism assets, including the Werrikimbe National Park, Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, and Port Macquarie Glasshouse Centre, and a range of coastal and heritage assets to grow the local tourism industry.

Housing

  • Deliver housing at Port Macquarie, Thrumster, Wauchope, Lake Cathie/Bonny Hills and Camden Haven.
  • Enhance the variety of housing options by increasing the number of homes in and around the Port Macquarie city centre.

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Page last updated: 17/09/2019