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Priorities now for the NSW Government

Published 30th July, 2018

To achieve this vision, the NSW Government will prioritise its focus in regional NSW by applying its principles for future investment and using the ‘enablers’ we know have the greatest likelihood of success.

These priorities will complement the initiatives already committed and recommended under other government strategies and long-term plans, such as the Future Transport Strategy 2056, NSW State Infrastructure Strategy and regional plans, which are already aligned with this vision. The government will also remain open to future opportunities not yet known or considered in this document, but which align with the pursuit of growth outlined in this vision.

The government expects that the initiatives below will benefit engine industries across the board.

Infrastructure

Icon representing wireless  The NSW Government will leverage existing infrastructure and other technologies in growth centres for a digitally connected future.
Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate: In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • improving digital connectivity across regional NSW beyond the NBN
  • technology-enabled regional public transport such as on-demand transport
  • innovative delivery methods for essential services in areas such as health, education and justice, to improve access and quality.
  • options to provide uninterrupted mobile phone and internet connectivity along major state and regional roads
  • low-bandwidth infrastructure for agricultural areas for tech-enabled production and monitoring methods.
  • planning for and activating smart cities technologies in Metro Satellites and Growth Centres.
Icon representing rail transport  The NSW Government will make regional travel faster and easier between and within regional communities, and to metropolitan areas.
 Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate:  In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • more day-return services to/from and between regional centres
  • regional public transport to assist commuters to travel to Sydney and regional centres to access work opportunities
  • options to improve public transport services to access regional centres from surrounding areas.
  • rail and road upgrades on lines between regional centres
  • seamless digital ticketing within NSW and across borders.
  • higher-speed rail links between Sydney and regional centres that have Metro Satellite or commuter hub potential.
Icon representing freight  The NSW Government will improve freight networks from regional NSW to global gateways, to increase exports.
 Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate:  In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • inland intermodals near the production of agricultural products
  • more efficient transport between inland intermodals and global gateways.
  • optimising or increasing container flows through ports
  • benefits that can be realised from Inland Rail.
  • more efficient east–west transport connections, including between inland NSW and Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong
  • air freight potential in regional areas.
Icon representing wind turbine  The NSW Government manage vital energy and water resources sustainably to ensure supply will meet long-term regional needs. 
 Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate:  In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • the potential for energy zones and transmission requirements
  • research and development investment in energy and water security and resilience, particularly for engine industries.
  • focused energy projects relevant to engine industries
  • climate-resilient water infrastructure options.
  • ongoing infrastructure to provide safe and secure water to regional communities.

Skills

Icon representing skills  The NSW Government provide clear skills pathways to jobs in regions.
Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate: In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • models for greater integration of students’ learning and work experience, prioritising growth industries in regional areas
  • training support to improve student success, including mentoring, accommodation and transport assistance
  • targeted skills and work experience approaches for groups that are underrepresented in regional economic participation, including Aboriginal people
  • advocating the benefits and attractions of relocating to regional NSW, including campaigns and targeted initiatives for skilled workers.
  • specialised vocational and technical high schools
  • innovative training delivery models that leverage online learning, mobile classrooms and hybrid learning models.
  • flexible models to acquire job-oriented skills and qualifications – which facilitate a shift from training and work as separate activities, to a more integrated simultaneous progression.
Icon representing knowledge and innovation  The NSW Government will boost regional NSW’s knowledge economy and excellence in innovation, particularly in agricultural technology, aged care, energy, aerospace, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and other areas linked to the future of regions.
 Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate:  In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • industry, government and university partnerships to tackle specific regional NSW issues such as economic and social challenges, or growth sector opportunities to become national leaders in niche fields.
  • partnerships to elevate areas of strength from nationally recognised to internationally recognised.
  • opportunities to foster industry clusters in sectors of future strength in regional NSW.

Advocacy and promotion

Icon representing tourism  The NSW Government will draw in more domestic and international tourists in areas with tourism potential.
Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate: In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • infrastructure and transport to support tourism to wine and produce regions – particularly where those goods are exported internationally and NSW’s brand is recognised overseas.
  • increasing the efficiency of east–west transport connectivity including across the Blue Mountains
  • options to activate tourism potential based on regional endowments and cultural heritage
  • opportunities for underutilised public land and infrastructure to play a bigger role in tourism – for example, as rail trails.
  • the potential to sustain a new global gateway in what is currently regional NSW (air or sea) for both people and goods.
Icon representing tertiary students  The NSW Government will attract more domestic and international students to regional NSW.
 Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate:  In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • marketing and promotion to further raise the profile of regional NSW’s education, training and research strengths.
  • dedicated campuses or precincts for international students to study in regional NSW.
  • tertiary-accredited integrated work-study qualifications in sectors of strength in regional NSW.

Business environment

Icon representing business planning  The NSW Government will provide an attractive environment for businesses to establish and invest in regional NSW locations, consistent with regions’ economic endowments.
Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate: In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • improving the customer experience of planning processes for business investment, set-up and expansion in regional NSW
  • initiatives to attract skilled labour to regions, and increase the participation of women and older people in the regional labour force
  • potential growth areas (hubs) for targeted industries in specific locations
  • options to encourage greater in-country value adding in engine industries such as agriculture and manufacturing.
  • streamlining regulatory requirements to attract related and co-dependent businesses in engine industries
  • supporting engine industries through international trade advocacy, maintaining favourable trade relationships, and considering regulatory and other supports
  • building flexibility into Crown land use to better respond to economic opportunities while protecting environmental, cultural and other significance.
  • cooperative business investment models with key trading partners.
Icon representing population growth  The NSW Government will grow vibrant places to live and work to encourage business and population growth.
 Within 5 years we will investigate:  Over 5 to 10 years we will investigate:  In the next 10 to 20 years we will investigate:
  • cultural infrastructure investment across regional NSW
  • investment models to improve recreational infrastructure in growing regional centres to enhance wellbeing and lifestyles.
  • planning arrangements in all growing regional centres that ensure appropriate housing, utilities and transport to support growth, while maintaining liveability, sense of community and local identity
  • opportunities to activate regional town centres with growth potential, to support night-time economies.
  • management of coastal land to optimise accessibility and balance commercial and residential uses.
Published 30th July, 2018
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