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Regional Economic Development Strategy

Publish Date 26/10/2017

Building a stronger economy for Port Stephens and the Hunter region – have your say.

Port Stephens Council together with six local Hunter Councils is working in collaboration with the NSW Government to develop a Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) for the Hunter. The REDS will be used to inform regional development policy and identify actions that can be undertaken to support economic growth in the region.

The NSW Government budget announcement earlier this year included a record investment of $1.3 billion to regional NSW through the Regional Growth Fund.

Jane Perrrin, Council's Economic Development Coordinator said, "With this in mind, the REDS is designed to support greater access to grant funding and increased investment opportunities throughout the Hunter".

Sapere Research Group has been engaged by the NSW Government to assist developing the REDS for the Hunter region which encompasses Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Singleton, and Upper Hunter Shire council areas.

"An important component of the REDS is to ensure that our local community, business and industry have a say", Ms Perrin said. "The survey will only take about 10-15 minutes, with the survey taking into consideration the opportunities and issues facing industries in the Hunter, including but not limited to key infrastructure priorities".

"To support the development of the REDS, we would appreciate your time in completing the survey. The results of this survey will provide valuable inputs into the analysis that forms the basis of the new economic development strategy", said Ms Perrin.

Responses are strictly confidential and will only be used to determine group responses and specific industry suggestions for improving regional economic development opportunities.

The survey can found here, and is open until Friday 17 November 2017.