GROWTH: The Bellingen Main St redesign is one of five priority areas cited in Bellingen Shire Council’s newly adopted Economic Development and Tourism Plan.
GROWTH: The Bellingen Main St redesign is one of five priority areas cited in Bellingen Shire Council’s newly adopted Economic Development and Tourism Plan. Trevor Veale

Bellingen plan adopted

BELLINGEN Shire Council has adopted its Economic Development and Tourism Plan identifying key priorities for the region over the next five years.

The plan focuses on innovation, investment and infrastructure in the region as well as supporting growth in sectors such as agriculture, creative industries and tourism.

The plan incorporates opportunities from expected changes in coming years including the Bellingen Main St redesign, ongoing upgrades of Waterfall Way and the roll-out of the NBN.

Bellingen Shire Mayor Mark Troy said the plan included priorities the council would take to meet the State Government’s Fit for the Future reforms.

He said the council was expecting to receive additional information regarding the next steps in the reforms.

Under the economic plan, the council will also investigate shared service arrangement with the Nambucca, Kempsey and Gloucester councils.

Proposed developments also feature – including a 244 residential lot staged development in South Urunga pending approval from the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

The plan also noted how the completion of the Pacific Hwy upgrade of Urunga would bring a range of challenges and opportunities.

“Some of the existing highway frontage businesses will be impacted by the anticipated huge reduction in traffic volume (however) the bypassing of Urunga will change our beautiful seaside town and open it up for the range of opportunities,” Cr Troy said.

To see a full copy of the plan visit the council’s website.