Regional New South Wales

Regional NSW is home to 3.1 million people, 40% of the state’s population. By 2056 it will be 3.6 million. By 2056 Regional NSW will have 19 Regional Cities and 27 Regional Centres, identified in consultation with the Department of Planning and Environment. Each region of NSW typically supports one to two cities and a similar number of centres.

Introducing our new model for regional connections

Regional cities will play larger roles in service provision for their surrounding communities with transport that focuses on regional cities, rather than just focusing on Sydney.

Regional cities and centres will increase their role as hubs for employment and services such as retail, health, education and cultural activities. The model also acknowledges the importance of national and state significant transport links that pass through regions.

The ‘hub and spoke’ vision for NSW, prioritises connections from towns and centres to their closest regional city.

Improving cross-border connections
Some regional cities are closer to other states and capital cities like Tweed Heads, Queanbeyan, Albury so it makes sense to strengthen connections to these cross-border hubs. Similarly, communities along the Murray River and Broken Hill in the Far West will have stronger links to capital and regional cities in other states.

Developing our global gateways
Newcastle, Greater Sydney and Canberra will evolve to develop greater global connections with the Asia/Pacific region through their nationally significant infrastructure.

Bringing satellite cities closer
Gosford and Wollongong will evolve to strengthen critical linkages to jobs and services within Greater Sydney, with improved road and rail connections. Gosford will provide the services and facilities required to support the Central Coast with Wyong/Tuggerah/Morisset a transition point between Greater Sydney and Greater Newcastle. Wollongong will support Illawarra, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven.

For more, see the full Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan, a supporting plan of the Future Transport 2056 Strategy.