THE Coffs Coast economy will benefit from a new Commonwealth-State regional development network to help guide economic growth across the State.
Starting in January next year, the existing NSW Government's 13 Regional Development Boards (including the Mid North Coast) and the Commonwealth Government's 14 Area Consultative Committees will be brought together to establish a network of Regional Development Australia (RDA).
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia, Gary Gray, said the new organisations will have the critical task of driving jobs growth in regional areas.
“Creating and expanding economic activity is central to ensuring regional NSW can weather the economic downturn affecting Australia and the world,” he said.
NSW Minister for Regional Development, Phillip Costa, said the RDA is a part of the Australian and NSW Governments' commitment to genuine engagement with regional communities.
“These new organisations will consist of local community champions whose most important task will be to advise both levels of government on the best way to build jobs and investment in their communities,” Mr Costa said. “This agreement is about the three levels of government working in partnership to benefit local communities and find local solutions. Local communities need their elected leaders to work together to deliver results.”
NSW Premier Nathan Rees said the economy took priority over unruly ministers when he took on the top job. Mr Rees had to sack two ministers in the first nine weeks of his leadership.