Tony Kelly announces growth plan

TONY Kelly donned another hat during his North Coast road trip yesterday, announcing a new plan for economic growth under the banner of Minister for Rural Affairs.

The Mid North Coast Regional Business Growth Plan has been designed to address barriers to business investment and stimulate economic expansion.

Mr Kelly said the plan provides a blueprint for collaborative work between local government, development boards and business stakeholders.

“A co-ordinated approach will help to address some of the key challenges that affect economic growth, such as the pressure that coastal development places on local resources,” Mr Kelly said.

The plan identifies opportunities for growth in the composite manufacturing industry, such as boatbuilding and plastics, increasing the value of products derived from forestry, agriculture and seafood, and opportunities to take advantage of strong growth in the aged and child care services sector.

Mr Kelly said the plan focused on strategies for sustainable growth in the region, identifying infrastructure, land use and planning needs as well as skills and employment opportunities.

“The region will benefit from investment, which creates jobs, and activities undertaken to address skills shortages through building skills and retaining the existing workforce,” he said.

Mr Kelly released the plan at a meeting to discuss regional updates of the State Plan, which he said shows the NSW government's commitment to improve services and invest in infrastructure on the North Coast.

The plan reflects a balanced approach to managing commercial opportunities while delivering positive environmental and social outcomes. – NSW Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly

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