The NSW Government's vision for the South East and Tabelands is a borderless region in Australia’s most geographically diverse natural environment with the nation’s capital at its heart.
To achieve this vision, the Government has set four goals for the region:
A borderless region in Australia’s most geographically diverse natural environment with the nation’s capital at its heart.
Goal 1 - A connected and prosperous economy
The South East and Tablelands has a diverse economy, underpinned by connections to Canberra and Sydney and varied agriculture and tourism opportunities. It is a hub for renewable energy generation, and its nature-based tourism – including skiing, surfing and bushwalking – attracts increasing numbers of domestic and international visitors.
Goal 2 - A diverse environment interconnected by biodiversity corridors
The region includes the alpine environment of Australia’s highest mountains, the State’s only wilderness coastline, rural landscapes and national parks. It is home to more than 100 threatened plant species, 112 threatened animal species and 13 endangered ecological communities.
Goal 3 - Healthy and connected communities
The South East and Tablelands is home to some of the most diverse communities in NSW, with a rich heritage; distinctive rural, alpine or coastal character; and strong relationships with Canberra.
Goal 4 - Environmentally sustainable housing choices
Population growth and the associated increase in new homes is influenced by the lifestyle available within commuting distance of Canberra and Sydney, the development of vibrant strategic centres and the amenity of coastal communities. Seventy per cent of the region’s population growth to 2036 is projected to occur in the areas that share a border with the ACT.
Local Government Narratives
The NSW Government will work with each council to deliver the directions and actions set out in this Plan. This section includes priorities for individual councils to guide further investigation and implementation.
Appendix A Neighbourhood Planning Principles
The Neighbourhood Planning Principles provide overarching principles that may apply to new developments in both greenfield and existing urban areas. The application of the principles may apply more strongly depending on the context of the proposed development.
Glossary and Endnotes
A list of definition and the reference source for this regional plan.