Projects

Regional Economic Development Strategies

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The NSW Government is offering to help local councils develop Regional Economic Development Strategies (REDS) based on the concept of a Functional Economic Region (FER), which usually incorporates more than one local government area. 

The Centre is managing a panel of expert contractors to work in collaboration with councils and local stakeholders. 

The REDS will provide a clearly articulated economic development strategy for the region. They will enable faster access to dedicated state funding, such as the Growing Local Economies Fund, and may also be used to support other types of government grant applications. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are councils required to participate in developing a REDS under this process?

No. Participating in the development of a REDS, while desirable, is voluntary. However, REDS will be produced for each FER and will be used to guide NSW Government investment decisions. Therefore, councils will best be able to influence REDS content through participation in the process.

Who will develop the REDS?

The NSW Government has engaged a panel of expert contractors to work in collaboration with councils and local stakeholders. These contractors have experience developing REDS in Australia and internationally.

What if a council has recently developed its own economic development strategy?

If requested, an existing strategy can be reviewed by an expert contractor. There is no obligation to amend or update any content of the existing strategy after this review, and its contents can be incorporated into the overarching REDS for that FER.

How will the REDS be developed?

Regions are different across NSW and contractors will take a region-specific approach as required. However, the overall methodology will be similar to ensure consistency across regions and that the individual REDS represent best practice.

What is a Functional Economic Region (FER) and how does it relate to the REDS?

Local government boundaries do not always reflect the boundaries of regional economies and economic interaction. REDS will be based on FER boundaries, which may include multiple LGAs, to better target investments aimed at growing or establishing regional competitive advantage. The size and nature of the FER will differ across the state and will be informed by economic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Can a REDS be developed for a single LGA?

Only where a FER is comprised of a single LGA, which is uncommon. However, each REDS can contain sections specific to each constituent LGA, with this information contributing to the overall strategy.

Will the NSW Government have influence or control over the REDS?

No, REDS are local government documents and ownership and control of their development will rest with participating councils. However, they must clearly identify the FER’s strengths, articulate a long-term economic vision and describe the key priorities and associated enablers that are required to deliver the vision so they can be used to inform NSW Government investment decisions. This minimum content is expected to be developed by stakeholders participating in the REDS process. The NSW Government’s involvement will be limited to providing advice and support where it is requested.

Who can be involved in developing the REDS?

The REDS should reflect community preferences and their vision for the regional area. A comprehensive consultation process with local stakeholders would typically be undertaken during the development of the REDS. These would include, but may not be limited to, local businesses and peak bodies, community organisations, government bodies and representatives as well as other interested stakeholders.

How will the REDS benefit participating councils?

The REDS will provide a clearly articulated economic development strategy for the region which can be used to inform and guide the economic development activity of councils and business. In addition, the REDS will enable faster access to dedicated state funding, while ensuring compliance with the legislation that governs the NSW Government’s infrastructure investment funds. Further, the strategy may also be used to support other types of grant applications to the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.

How much will the REDS cost a participating council?

The NSW Government recognises the importance of regional planning as well as the limited resources available to some local government areas. The cost of the contractors helping develop the FER-based REDS will be met by the NSW Government.

When will the REDS be completed?

The timeline of is determined by councils but there is a preference to complete the REDS as soon as practical and by the end of 2017 at the latest. Once commenced, the process can be finalised within 4 – 8 weeks.

Contacts by Functional Economic Region

Functional Economic Regions

Constituent Councils

Regional Director

Contact details

Abercrombie

  • Bathurst Regional Council
  • Oberon Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Far South Coast

  • Bega Valley Shire Council
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council

Nigel McKinnon
Regional Director Illawarra/South East

T: 02 4222 8338 M: 0418 259 055
nigel.mckinnon@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Western Riverina

  • Griffith City Council
  • Leeton Shire Council
  • Murrumbidgee Council
  • Narrandera Shire Council
  • Carrathool Shire Council

Margaret O’Dwyer
Regional Director Riverina Murray

T: 02 6051 7725 M: 0408 963 148
margaret.odwyer@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Mid-Lachlan

  • Parkes Shire Council
  • Lachlan Shire Council
  • Forbes Shire Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

MidCoast

  • MidCoast Council

Tony Sansom
Regional Director Hunter and Central Coast

T: 02 4908 7333 M: 0418 432 734
tony.sansom@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Albury

  • Albury City Council
  • Federation Council
  • Greater Hume Shire Council
  • Wodonga Council (VIC)
  • Indigo Shire Council (VIC)

Margaret O’Dwyer
Regional Director Riverina Murray

T: 02 6051 7725 M: 0408 963 148
margaret.odwyer@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Lower North West

  • Liverpool Plains Shire Council
  • Tamworth Regional Council
  • Gunnedah Shire Council

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T:02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Upper North West

  • Narrabri Shire Council
  • Moree Plains Shire Council
  • Gwydir Shire Council
  • Inverell Shire Council

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T:02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Southern New England High Country

  • Armidale Regional Council
  • Uralla Shire Council
  • Walcha Council

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T: 02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Coffs Coast

  • Bellingen Shire Council
  • Coffs Harbour City Council

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T: 02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Central Orana

  • Dubbo Regional Council
  • Narromine Shire Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Northern Rivers

  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Byron Shire Council
  • Kyogle Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Richmond Valley Council

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T: 02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Mid-Western Regional

  • Mid-Western Regional Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Canobolas

  • Blayney Shire Council
  • Cabonne Council
  • Orange City Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Hastings Macleay

  • Port Macquarie – Hastings Council
  • Kempsey Shire Council

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T: 02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Eastern Riverina

  • Coolamon Shire Council
  • Junee Shire Council
  • Lockhart Shire Council
  • Wagga Wagga City Council

Margaret O’Dwyer
Regional Director Riverina Murray

T: 02 60517725 M: 0408 963 148
margaret.odwyer@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Tweed

  • Tweed Shire Council
  • Gold Coast Council (QLD)

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T: 02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Cowra

  • Cowra Shire Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Southern Tablelands

  • Goulburn-Mulwaree
  • Yass Valley
  • Upper Lachlan

Nigel McKinnon
Regional Director Illawarra/South East

T: 02 4222 8338 M: 0418 259 055
nigel.mckinnon@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Lithgow

  • City of Lithgow Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T:02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Wingecarribee

  • Wingecarribee Shire Council

Nigel McKinnon
Regional Director Illawarra/South East

M: 0418 259 055
nigel.mckinnon@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Capital

  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
  • ACT Unincorporated

Nigel McKinnon
Regional Director Illawarra/South East

M: 0418 259 055
nigel.mckinnon@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Murray

  • Berrigan Shire Council
  • Edward River Council
  • Murray River Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council (VIC)
  • Gannawarra Shire Council (VIC)
  • Moira Shire Council (VIC)

Margaret O’Dwyer
Regional Director Riverina Murray

T: 02 6051 7725 M: 0408 963 148
margaret.odwyer@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Nambucca

  • Nambucca Shire Council

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T:02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Snowy Valleys

  • Snowy Valleys Council

Margaret O’Dwyer
Regional Director Riverina Murray

T: 02 6051 7725 M: 0408 963 148
margaret.odwyer@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Snowy Monaro

  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council

Nigel McKinnon
Regional Director Illawarra/South East

T: 02 4222 8338 M: 0418 259 055
nigel.mckinnon@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Far South West

  • Balranald Shire Council
  • Hay Shire Council
  • Wentworth Shire Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council (VIC)
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council (VIC)

Margaret O’Dwyer
Regional Director Riverina Murray

T: 02 6051 7725 M: 0408 963 148
margaret.odwyer@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Far West

  • Broken Hill City Council
  • Central Darling Shire Council
  • Unincorporated Far West NSW

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Central Coast & Lake Macquarie

  • Central Coast Council
  • Lake Macquarie City Council

Tony Sansom
Regional Director Hunter and Central Coast

T: 02 4908 7333 M: 0418 432 734
tony.sansom@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Clarence Valley

  • Clarence Valley Council

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T: 02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Castlereagh

  • Gilgandra Shire Council
  • Warrumbungle Shire Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Northern New England High Country

  • Glen Innes Severn Council
  • Tenterfield Shire Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council (QLD)

Louise McMeeking
Regional Director North Coast & Northern Inland

T: 02 6583 5647 M: 0408 835 647
louise.mcmeeking@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Hunter

  • Cessnock City Council
  • Dungog Shire Council
  • Maitland City Council
  • Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • Port Stephens Council
  • Singleton Council
  • Upper Hunter Shire Council

Tony Sansom
Regional Director Hunter and Central Coast

T: 02 4908 7333 M: 0418 432 734
tony.sansom@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Shoalhaven

  • Shoalhaven City Council

Nigel McKinnon
Regional Director Illawarra/South East

T: 02 4222 8338 M: 0418 259 055
nigel.mckinnon@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Western Plains

  • Bogan Shire Council
  • Bourke Shire Council
  • Brewarrina Shire Council
  • Cobar Shire Council
  • Coonamble Shire Council
  • Walgett Shire Council
  • Warren Shire Council

Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

South Western Slopes

  • Bland Shire Council
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council
  • Hilltops Council
  • Temora Shire Council
  • Weddin Shire Council

For Hilltops and Weddin: Natalie Forsyth-Stock
Regional Director Western

T: 02 6360 8414 M: 0409 994 980
natalie.forsyth-stock@dpc.nsw.gov.au

For Cootamundra- Gundagai, Temora and Bland: Margaret O’Dwyer
Regional Director Riverina Murray
T: 02 6051 7725 M: 0408 963 148
margaret.odwyer@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Kiama

  • Kiama Municipal Council

Nigel McKinnon
Regional Director Illawarra/South East

T: 02 4222 8338 M: 0418 259 055
nigel.mckinnon@dpc.nsw.gov.au