Housing, sustainability, and resilience are at the heart of the NSW Government’s updated 20-year vision for the North Coast, following the release of the North Coast Regional Plan 2041.

Member for Tweed Goeff Provest MP said the finalised North Coast Regional Plan 2041 will guide planning and land-use decisions across the region over the next two decades.

“We’ve made it through the flooding, fires and the pandemic, and this blueprint will help build a more resilient region to protect people and places from future natural disasters,” Mr Provest said.

“The final plan aims to avoid new development in high-risk areas and includes actions that require councils to update their hazard management plans and transition to net zero emissions.

“It also seeks to strengthen Aboriginal self-determination by showing respect for and integrating culture and heritage in land-use decisions, so our First Nations communities have a greater voice in shaping our region’s future.”

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the final vision has a clear focus on boosting housing.

“With an influx of people moving to the region over the last few years and increasing housing and rental prices, greater choice and affordability is a key concern and that’s front and centre of the plan,” Mr Roberts said.

“Actions include ensuring 40 per cent of new homes delivered by 2036 are on smaller lots or part of multi-dwelling developments such as apartments, townhouses or villas, and setting up Housing Affordability Roundtables to get councils, community housing providers, State agencies and the housing development industry working together.

“We’ll also establish a North Coast Urban Housing Monitoring Program to provide a complete picture of the housing situation. This will equip us with better data, stronger collaboration, and a faster assessment and delivery of development, to unlock a pipeline of shovel-ready land over the next five years.”

Other features of the plan include:

  • Goals to boost tourism with the Brisbane 2032 Olympics on the horizon;
  • Better protection for koalas and the environment;
  • Promotion of renewable energy; and
  • Exploring new pathways to prioritise Aboriginal self-determination.

To view the final plan, visit: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/northcoast2041