A NETWORK of regional centres and strong collaboration with Sydney and Canberra will be important catalysts of growth in the exciting future ahead for the region of snow, surf and sustainable living, according to a new plan for NSW's South East and Tablelands region.
Earlier this month, Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts launched the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036, which provides a 20-year blueprint to guide planning and land use decisions for the nine local government areas in the region.
"Access to global gateways at the Port of Eden and Canberra Airport provide greater exposure to national and international tourism and export markets. These transport connections offer diverse growth opportunities for farmers and agricultural producers, who supply markets across Asia," Mr Roberts said.
"Our commitment to investment in the breakwater will enable thousands more tourists to visit the region's world-class network of national parks, pristine marine parks and food and nature-based activities.
"As the population is expected to grow by 45,450 people by 2036, mostly occurring in places within commuting distance of Sydney and Canberra, an additional 28,500 new homes will be needed.
"Providing land and infrastructure to meet this demand is central to the plan. New housing will be more diverse, better suited to the changing population and will be delivered in places that make the best use of existing infrastructure and protect the unique local character and environment," Mr Roberts said.
Member for Bega and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said Canberra Airport is expected to create more than 21,000 jobs by 2030 and contribute more than $2.4 billion to the regional economy each year as it sees more than three million passengers pass through each year.
"Stronger connections and better collaboration with Canberra and seamless movements between the regions will transform the South East and Tablelands into a borderless region," Mr Constance said.
"Around 23,000 of the South East and Tablelands workforce commute to the ACT for work, more than 5,000 NSW students also attend school across the border.
"Creating a borderless region will allow residents from both NSW and the ACT better access to important services and infrastructure, such as schools and hospitals, world-class cultural institutions and enhanced open space.
The nine local government areas within the South East and Tablelands are Bega, Eurobodalla, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Hilltops, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro, Upper Lachlan, Wingecarribee and Yass Valley.
More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Regional-Plans/South-East-and-Tablelands>.