The Byron Shire and Clarence Valley councils have signed up to be part of a research project into sea change communities.
The project is being directed by Professor Edward Blakely, who is currently in India and has been assisting with the American clean-up operation after Hurricane Katrina.
The University of Sydney’s Richard Hu is assisting in the two-year study to find key economic drivers for coastal communities and develop strategies to stimulate sustainable growth.
Mr Hu says change will come because of the demographic swing brought about by ‘sea changers’.
“Most of the community economies are based on tourism, agriculture, timber, but with the influx of more population there is a challenge on the infrastructure and current economic bases,” he said.
“So there should be some change to comply with the demographic change, service and healthcare.”