North Coast Regional Plan revealed

Port labelled "growth centre".

North Coast Regional Plan revealed

Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Mr Roberts with Coffs MP Andrew Fraser this morning. Photo (John BarilaroMP/Twitter).

Port Macquarie has been identified as one of the main growth centres for the north coast of New South Wales, as the state government unveiled the North Coast Regional plan at Coffs Harbour Airport today.

Port was mentioned alongside Lismore, Tweed Heads and Coffs Harbour in this regard, the status putting it in line for more high-quality residential developments and cultural and government services.

Minister for planning and housing Anthony Roberts said the government is planning for an extra 46,000 more homes on north coast, to cater for an expected increase in population of 76,000 by 2036.

“As well as protecting the region’s stunning coastline and natural environment, this plan will create more jobs, deliver vibrant communities and provide greater housing choice for people living on the North Coast,” Mr Roberts said.  

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro MP said creating more homes and housing options will be encouraged close to jobs, infrastructure, shops, public transport and cycle ways.

“The North Coast Regional Plan will ensure housing diversity, delivering 40 per cent of new homes as in the form of apartments, townhouses, villas and homes on lots less than 400 square metres,” Mr Barilaro said.

Mr Barilaro added that the NSW Government has also made a commitment to ensure there is no coal seam gas (CSG) exploration on the North Coast.

The plan aims to increase connectivity between local communities and with South East Queensland and NSW Government investments, which this financial year included:

  • a share of $1.5 billion in funding towards the upgrade of the Pacific Highway
  • more than $110 million committed for upgrades to hospitals and health facilities in the region
  • more than $7 million in funding to fund upgrades to North Coast TAFE Institute campuses and facilities
  • $8.8 million has also been invested since 2014-15 for upgrades to Lismore, Ballina–Byron and Coffs Harbour airports, with an additional $9.5 million identified for potential further works to Ballina–Byron and Port Macquarie airports to boost their capacity, safety and ability to attract more visitors to regional NSW.