North Coast Region Socio-Economic Profile launched
11 June 2015
North Coast Local Land Services has commissioned research that will help the organisation better meet the needs of the North Coast community. The Characterisation of the Socio-economic Landscape of the North Coast Region NSW report was developed by Eco Logical Australia, in partnership with Lawrence Consulting and Western Land Planning.
The North Coast supports a diverse range of agricultural enterprises within a region of high biodiversity, scenic beauty, and a fast growing urban population. Within that diversity, North Coast Local Land Services provides land managers and the community advice and services to maintain natural resources, improve biosecurity, enhance agricultural production, and be better prepared for emergencies.
North Coast Local Land Services commissioned the Report to facilitate a greater understanding of factors that are driving change within industry, community, and environment, and how these drivers interact to provide future opportunities for agricultural growth and ecological sustainability across the region.
Dr Phil Pisanu, Team Leader Monitoring and Evaluation said, "This research will help target investment to sectors of rural community, primary industry and natural environment that offer the greatest potential for wealth creation and achievement of ecological sustainability."
The Report provides a socio-economic snapshot of the region's communities and significant agricultural industries, drawing on comprehensive data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), and industry sources.
When compared to NSW as a whole, the North Coast has lower than average growth in population and is considerably older than the NSW average. Nevertheless, North Coast agriculture is diverse, highly productive and valuable. Historically important industries such as beef, dairy, sugar and macadamias continue to be of central importance to the region but some industries, such as blueberry, are emerging rapidly or experiencing steady growth. The latter include eggs, poultry, beans, vegetables and oilseeds.
The information in the report will be used as background for upcoming engagement with key industries and should provide useful context for investment in agriculture services, biosecurity and NRM programs.
Media contact: Dr Phil Pisanu, Phone 0447 356 477
Photo caption: The North Coast region offers a diverse lifestyle.
Image courtesy Lismore City Council.