Region Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie Hastings, Tweed and Richmond Valley
Population (2017): 517,000
Key industries: Construction, retail trade, health care and social assistance 

The North Coast is a long string of seaside communities with a heavy focus on tourism and is the most biologically diverse region in New South Wales. The Government is delivering better education and health services for the region and delivering significant investment in roads to enable smoother and safer connections. 

Regional highlights:

Investment in education and skills:

  • new Ballina High School and upgrades at Kingscliff High School and Kingscliff Public School, Murwillumbah High School and Murwillumbah East Public School
  • funding for the Kingscliff Campus Connected Health Hub and the Coffs Harbour Education Campus as well as funding for TAFE Connected Learning Centres at Murwillumbah and Yamba.

Health infrastructure funding:

  • $50.9 million to continue the $582.1 million construction of a hospital at Tweed
  • $16.8 million for the Grafton Ambulatory Care Centre redevelopment
  • $15.5 million for the Coffs Harbour Hospital redevelopment
  • $9.1 million for the $73.0 million Macksville Hospital Redevelopment
  • $5.0 million for the $11.5 million Port Macquarie Hospital Car Park
  • funding to partner with Tresillian to establish a Family Care Centre Hub in Coffs Harbour.

Roads and infrastructure initiatives:

  • $1.2 billion for the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina (State and Federally funded) 
  • $62.0 million to continue construction of the additional bridge over the Clarence River at Grafton 
  • $28.0 million for Oxley Highway safety and realignment works 
  • $20.0 million to progress the Pacific Highway Bypass of Coffs Harbour (fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments)
  • $18.3 million to continue construction of the replacement Bruxner Highway bridge over the Clarence River at Tabulam.

Vibrant visitor economy:

  • $1.7 million from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund for the Stuarts Point Foreshore Revitalisation project
  • $7.7 million over four years for the Tweed Hinterlands Walk, Byron to Border Ranges
  • $7.5 million for the Macleay Coast, Trial Bay precinct upgrade.

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