The North Coast of NSW is a great place to live, work and raise a family. However, like many other regional areas in NSW, it has unfairly borne the brunt of NSW Labor’s neglect. Infrastructure is run down and we lack basic services.
With the State Government’s projected 37%* increase in population growth for our region by the year 2036, we are in dire need of addressing this situation.
The NSW Liberal & National party is committed to doing just that.
As part of an overall plan for kick starting regional economies, I attended a workshop in Dubbo last month on Rebuilding the Regions with members of Shadow Cabinet.
The workshop was all about charting a roadmap for stronger rural and regional development under a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government and discussion focused on issues such as the economy, social policy, transport, infrastructure, environment, water and planning.
Sometimes both State and Local Government can be the stumbling blocks to people moving to regional areas through red tape and bureaucracy. Instead of saying ‘no’ to a business interested in relocating to our region simply because it ‘doesn’t fit’ an exact mould, we need to work together to foster and encourage business growth in our region.
The NSW Liberals and Nationals are determined to help reinvigorate regional NSW. Policies already announced include:
- New population targets that increase the population in regional NSW by 470,000 over the next 25 years;
- A regional relocation grant of $7,000 for people who relocate from Sydney and build or buy a house in regional NSW;
- Forty per cent or 40,000 of the 100,000 jobs created under our Jobs Action Plan to be created in regional NSW; and
- Up to $1.6 billion of a Restart NSW Infrastructure Fund being spent in regional areas.
The NSW Liberals and Nationals believe that strengthening regional NSW is an important part of making NSW number one again.
* New South Wales State and Regional Population Projections, 2006 – 2036. 2008 Release. NSW Government Department of Planning.