Australia’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2041
So, we’re plan nerds at 24HourNation.
We like strong examples of planning documents that incorporate nighttime economy priorities. The government of New South Wales in Australia consistently publishes plans that are clear, comprehensive and inclusive. They serve as models for sustainable plans everywhere.
On Oct. 27, 2022, New South Wales released the finalized Central Coast Regional Plan 2041.
The document will guide the region’s future over the next 20 years and responds to community feedback. The plan includes initiatives to promote sustainability, improve the night-time economy, and enhance connections to public space.
The night-time economy can encourage people to dine out or enjoy entertainment or cultural experiences. Industries like transport and logistics, cleaning, education, manufacturing, retail and health care also employ workers that work through the night. The night-time economy refers to all economic activity taking place between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
“Meeting our net zero emissions by 2050 target will be prioritized in all planning decisions, as well as ensuring the daily needs of residents can be accessed within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from where they live, reducing reliance on cars,” said Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch.
The plan “also highlights strategies to help Aboriginal communities better control the destiny of their land, direct development away from important environmental areas,” Crouch adds.
“The finalized plan also includes objectives to revamp the Central Coast’s nightlife, such as offering more after-hours activities, and allowing shops, cafes, galleries and museums to open their doors for longer in popular tourist towns.”
The southernmost point of the Central Coast Region is 90 km north of Sydney’s central business district. Its northernmost point 80 km south of Newcastle’s central business district. The region was home to around 347,500 people in 2021. It is expected to grow to more than 404,250 people by 2041.
The Central Coast Regional Plan 2041 aims to facilitate this growth in a sustainable way. It will also adapt to future challenges posed by changes in climate, housing markets and the economy.
Download the Central Coast Regional Plan 2041