Development board targest growth
THE first meeting of the Northern Rivers Board of Regional Development was held yesterday, with chairman Ian Tiley saying it was a 'bold initiative' to promote economic growth.
Mr Tiley said the board was also a 'key facilitator of change' and development on the Northern Rivers, 'the fastest-growing area in regional NSW'.
“The board will help local communities across the Tweed, Richmond and Clarence achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability by determining their own needs and priorities,” he said.
“Communities will now be able to plan for - and lead - their own development. It is an exciting project.”
Every three months the RDA-NR board will prepare a report for the State Government on the area's 'hot issues', which will identify priority infrastructure needs.
“For instance, with the Northern Rivers region's population hurtling towards 300,000, health care services would be an obvious priority,” Mr Tiley said.