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Regional Plan 2013-2016


A new plan for the Northern Rivers

The Northern Rivers Regional Plan 2013-2016 is the culmination of months of research, data analysis and stakeholder consultation. The plan is a clearly articulated strategy for future development. Issues such as transport and affordable housing have been brought forward from previous plans (see below) as they are still priorities for our region. Some new ones have been added, for instance how we prepare for the digital economy and opportunities in health and aged care.

Download the plan or the four page summary using the links to the right, or if you would prefer a printed copy please contact us and we will be happy to send you one.



What’s new?

The Northern Rivers Regional Plan addresses the key determinants of long-term regional economic growth as identified by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Regional Australia Standing Council, i.e.:

  • comparative advantage and business competitiveness
  • access to international, national and regional markets
  • human capital
  • sustainable communities and population change
27 activities and initiatives are proposed to respond to the issues, grouped into the following ‘Regional Priorities’

  1. connected communities
  2. a learning region
  3. natural infrastructure
  4. sustainable industry
  5. inclusive communities
  6. regional identity
  7. a collaborative region

The Northern Rivers Regional Plan 2013-2016 is accompanied by the Northern Rivers Regional Profile 2013 and the Northern Rivers Data SetsThe Regional Industry and Economic Plan was updated  in 2014.

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Past editions

If you are seeking a previous version of the Northern Rivers Regional Plan or Profile please contact us.


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