Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis today released a proposal that will see Tweed recognised as a regional city for the first time.
Mr Stokes said the draft North Coast Regional Plan is the NSW Government’s blueprint for the North Coast region over the next 20 years and will focus on generating jobs, providing homes and protecting the area’s natural environment.
“I am pleased to announce this draft Plan will recognise the Tweed as a regional city, recognising its place on the North Coast and in the state,” Mr Stokes said.
“This draft Plan sets out a vision for the North Coast over the next two decades to help vibrant and sustainable communities flourish now and into the future.”
Mr Gulaptis said the draft Plan will build on the strengths of the North Coast, while protecting its environment and heritage.
“This draft Plan is about providing new homes and jobs while maintaining the area’s unique character,” Mr Gulaptis said.
The draft plan also recognises Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie as regional cities.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest welcomed the new regional city status.
“The Tweed is a key regional centre for the North Coast and for NSW as a whole, and I am delighted it will be declared a regional city,” Mr Provest said.
Member for Lismore Thomas George welcomed the draft Plan.
“This plan will help our region grow and prosper into the future,” Mr George said.
The community can make submissions on the draft Plan until Wednesday, 2 June and can also provide feedback via an online survey and interactive map.
The draft Plan, survey and interactive map can be viewed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/northcoast