Economic Development & Tourism Plan


Council, in conjunction with NDP Economic Development has now created a new Economic Development and Tourism Plan 2022-2026. The Economic Development and Tourism Plan  will be used to guide Council’s actions over the next 4 years and facilitate partnerships with key business, tourism and community stakeholders in support of its successful implementation.

The EDTP has been prepared after consulting widely with business owners, community stakeholders, Council and other government agencies. This Plan seeks to reflect the values and aspirations of the Bellingen Shire community and articulate Council’s role in supporting a vibrant and diverse local economy now and into the future.

Given the nature of the Bellingen Shire’s economy, the Plan combines economic development and tourism. This is due to the important role visitors have in contributing towards existing local businesses, and in showcasing the LGA for investment attraction. In fact, many business owners first visited the area as tourists and decided to relocate their business due to the desirable lifestyle, environment and culture.

The EDTP is intentionally practical and concise. It will be used to guide the Council’s actions over the next four years and facilitate partnerships between Council and businesses, tourism operators, education providers and community groups. The document is easy-to-read so a broad range of stakeholders can quickly grasp the vision for business and tourism and support its successful implementation.