7 July 2017
The South East and Tablelands Regional Plan will chart the course for future generations across the Canberra Region; “this is our opportunity to ensure this plan is the roadmap for the future growth, prosperity and sustainability of our region" Cr Kristy McBain, representing the Canberra Region Joint Organisation said today at the launch of the Plan with Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts.
Minister Roberts said, "I am pleased to be in the South East at Eden to officially launch the Plan for Tablelands and South East region of NSW". "It marks a new beginning for regional planning; identifying opportunities for economic growth and embedding regionalism", the Minister said.
Minister Roberts highlighted the importance of such a plan for the South East and Tablelands region saying the area is a wealth of diversity and uniqueness with so much potential to use the plan as a key tool to drive change, identify opportunity and create an environment where people across the communities will thrive. He also went on to recognise the contribution and intergovernmental collaboration between the NSW Government, the ACT Government and local Councils of the Tablelands and South East NSW.
"This plan has identified key priorities regarding regional growth of the Tablelands and South East NSW and I know will be a significant resource for local government as they undertake forward planning and strategic thinking regarding the opportunities to retain, attract and sustain investment, businesses, industry and families" The Minister said.
The Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW, said "I am very passionate about the opportunities this future agenda will unlock for regional communities I work with across the South East the Tablelands region. "We will work with Local Government to ensure the recommendations and projects highlighted in the Plan will become a reality." Mrs Taylor also recognised the contribution and collaboration of Local Government and the ACT Government.
It is agreed at both a State and Local Government level that the Plan has identified key factors that will shape the future growth of the region. Cr McBain said, "the Canberra Region is very unique, with the ACT as a strategic partner as part of the CBJRO network, which sets us apart from other joint organisations. We have continually advocated that there are no borders and we want to ensure that the 650,000 residents across the Canberra region benefit directly and indirectly from the implementation of this regional plan".
This plan will open a door to the future wealth growth of our region and will help us build and sustain more resilient, vibrant and productive communities", Minister Roberts said.
The South East and Tablelands region consists of Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Hilltops, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro, Upper Lachlan, Wingecarribee and Yass Valley local government areas.
Photo from left to right: Cr Kristy McBain, Mayor, Bega Valley Shire Council, Minister Anthony Roberts, Minister for Planning, Minister Andrew Constance, Member for Bega, Mr Tim Overall, Administrator, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
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