Tamworth will be officially recognised as a regional city for the first time, as part of a new 20-year vision for the New England North West region to grow the local economy, foster resilient communities and protect the natural environment.


The draft New England North West Regional Plan is the NSW Government’s blueprint for the region to 2036. The plan sets out actions to create more homes and jobs; support local agriculture and industry; improve transport and provide better public facilities for the regional community.


Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the plan will help build an exciting future for the New England North West region.


“This plan sets out a vision to grow the region’s strong local economy, and ensure its vibrant and sustainable communities flourish into the future,” Mr Stokes said.


“It’s vital that we make people’s lives better as our communities grow and change in the years to come.”


Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW and member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall welcomed the draft plan.


“The draft plan recognises Tamworth as a key centre for our regional community,” Mr Marshall said.


“The region’s population is expected to increase by more than 13,000 people in the next 20 years, and this draft plan will ensure we have the jobs, homes and infrastructure we need.”


Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and for Regional Roads and Rail and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the plan will help shape the region’s future.


“This plan focuses on generating jobs, providing homes, increasing market opportunities to get produce across the country and protecting both the natural environment and the local agricultural industry,” Mr Anderson said.


Both Armidale and Tamworth will be officially named regional cities, and are expected to be home to more than 50 per cent the region’s population in the next two decades. Moree, Inverell, Gunnedah and Narrabri will be recognised as strategic centres, housing a further 28 per cent of residents in the same period.


Regional city and strategic centre designations highlight the key roles these centres will play in the region’s future and indicate the resources, infrastructure and public facilities required to ensure the region flourishes into the future.


Members of the community can make submissions on the draft plan until 20 March 2017 and can provide feedback via an online survey and interactive map.


Once the exhibition closes, feedback will be assessed and will help inform the final New England North West Regional Plan.


A new inter-agency committee with representatives from local councils and NSW Government agencies will be established to drive the plan’s implementation.


The draft Plan, survey and interactive map can be viewed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/newengland-northwest


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