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Economic Development

Port Stephens Council is committed to working with our business community and other tiers of government to improve economic outcomes across the local government area. Council is guided by an Economic Development Policy which establishes a whole of Council approach to the sustainable growth and diversification of the local economy. View our Economic Development Policy on our Policies page.

Council's Economic Development team plays a key role in building economic capacity in Port Stephens, by shaping a business enabling environment which enhances competitiveness, job creation and incomes for the benefit of all. The team champions the strategic direction of Council’s Economic Development Policy to achieve the long term growth and prosperity identified in the Economic Development Strategy.

With a keen eye on the local economy as well as broader macroeconomic issues, the Economic Development team provides a range of programs and services including engagement, facilitation, support and activity in the following areas:

  • investment attraction and job creation;
  • place management and activation;
  • business communication and events;
  • economic data and advice, and
  • business and industry support, growth and development.

To keep your finger on the pulse with what's happening in the business community join the BizLink network.

Council's Economic Development team can be contacted via email at ed@portstephens.nsw.gov.au or by phoning (02) 4988 0536

Draft Economic Development and Tourism Strategy currently on exhibition

Council at its meeting of 27 March 2019 resolved to exhibit the Economic Development and Tourism Strategy from 27 March 2019 to 25 April 2019. Find out more or make a submission.