Speak up on regional plan

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall urged locals to have their say on the 20-year plan.As the state government begins to lay out its20-year plan for the entire region, Inverell residents are being urged to have their say.
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“I really want to encourage not just councils, but businesses, community organisations and individuals to at least take a look at the draft plan because it charts out the growth predictions for our region, the demands on health services, policing, infrastructure, roads, transport – the full ambit of state government services, infrastructure, responsibilities,” member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said.

As the third largest community in the region after Armidale and Tamworth, Inverell has emerged as an important growing centre.

“The draft plan seeks to reinforce Inverell as a strategic centre by encouraging investment and economic opportunity, guiding sustainable growth and fostering a strong community,” Department of Planning and Environment media officer Mitchell Compton said.

Mr Marshall said the state government’s recognition of Inverell’s growth was significant andessential in mounting arguments for improved services.

“For example, the big push at the moment for a new police station in Inverell. What underpins that argument is the fact that this is a community that is growing and the number of police officers therefore are going to increase in Inverell. The current station’s not fit for purpose now, let alone in 10 years time when we’ll have a bigger town, a bigger district and more police based here,” he said.

“So these sort of plans are important because they can either help or hinder making cases to all levels of government for projects and for funding.”

The plan focuses ongrowingtheeconomy throughagriculturaland renewable energy, providing more jobs and greater housing choices, and protecting water, environment and heritage.

Locals can viewthe planat梧桐夜网planning.nsw.gov419论坛/NewEngland-NorthWest, or by visiting the Inverell Shire Council website. Submissions and feedback are open until March 20.

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