DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT ENGAGES NORTH COAST STUDENTS IN PLANNING THEIR FUTURE
The Department of Planning and Environment, together with the Southern Cross University invited students on the North Coast to share their vision for the future of the region this week.
Students from high schools across the Northern Rivers participated in a Youth Forum on the recently released draft North Coast Regional Plan.
Before the Forum, students were invited to share photos to highlight what they love about living on the North Coast and why.
The Forum included group discussions about specific planning topics and the things that matter to them in shaping the North Coast over the next 20 years.
The students felt that the biggest priorities for the area were:
- Protecting and enhancing the unique lifestyle and natural environment of the North Coast
- Keeping communities strong by reinforcing the things that make the towns and centres great and enhancing the region’s arts and beach culture
- Increasing our ability to get around using active transport options like footpaths and cycle ways and public transport
- Providing more regional jobs and education opportunities to help young people stay in the region.
“What our young people think about the North Coast and their vision for the future of the region is important to us,” Mr George said.
“Students have strong ideas about what they want for their region and we want them to have input in shaping what it will look like in 20 years.
“Congratulations to all those involved and thank you for taking an interest in the future of our local communities.”
Feedback from students will be considered when preparing the Final North Coast Regional Plan.
The draft North Coast Regional Plan sets out the NSW Government’s vision for the region over the next 20 years, focussing on jobs, homes, transport and protecting the natural environment.
The draft Plan is on exhibition until Thursday, 2 June 2016. To view the draft Plan, survey and interactive map, visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/northcoast