Our strategies

Economic Development Strategy

The City of Coffs Harbour’s adopted Economic Development Strategy has been amended to reflect priorities highlighted by community feedback during consultation at the end of 2022.

Three over-arching economic priorities underpin the revised Coffs Harbour Economic Development Strategy 2022-2027 with the goal of ensuring the best outcomes for business, visitors and individuals.

The key priorities of the Strategy are to:

  • Attract and retain necessary skills, capability, investments and people
  • Support local businesses, creating economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • Develop existing and future business, industries and places to create a thriving economy.

Tourism Plan

Coffs Coast Strategic Tourism Plan 2020(PDF, 2MB)

In May 2016 the Tourism Plan was adopted with a focus on attracting more visitors, having them stay in the region longer, spend more locally and stay in localities right across the region.  Key direction of the tourism strategy include destination management, destination development and destination marketing.

Events Strategy

Coffs Harbour Events Strategy 2020(PDF, 2MB)

Events play a significant role in attracting large volumes of new and repeat visitors to Coffs Harbour, as well as providing a vibrant backdrop of activity, entertainment, education and wellbeing for residents of the broader Coffs Coast community. 

The purpose of this strategy is to:

  •  Attract, grow and retain events in Coffs Harbour.
  •  Generate economic, social and community benefits.
  •  Provide expertise, frameworks and support for others to run successful events.


NSW State Government strategies

There are a number of NSW State Government strategies that shape the region’s economic development and align with the City’s goals and objectives.

Coffs Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy

Coffs Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy – 2023 Update

The Department of Regional NSW has prepared the Coffs Coast 2023 Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) Update. This provides an updated evidence base to guide governments in making policy and investment decisions to enhance resilience and drive sustainable, long-term economic growth in regional NSW. The Coffs Coast REDS covers the City of Coffs Harbour and Bellingen Shire Councils.

Coffs Harbour Regional City Action Plan 2036

Coffs Harbour Regional City Action Plan 2036

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment have prepared the Coffs Harbour Regional City Action Plan 2036. This action plan supports the vision of the North Coast Regional Plan, by capitalising on the opportunities that arise from growth, while maintaining the special appeal of Coffs Harbour through its remarkable environments and attractive communities

North Coast Regional Plan 2041

North Coast Regional Plan 2041

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment have prepared the North Coast Regional Plan 2041. This plan represents a five-year review of the region’s strategic planning settings and considers some of the key land use challenges and opportunities over the last five years and moving forward. It covers all facets of land use planning, including employment areas, town centres, housing and related infrastructure, the natural environment and hazards.

20-year Economic Vision for Regional NSW 2021

Economic Vision for Regional NSW

The 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW, released in 2018, sets out the NSW Government’s priorities and plans to achieve long-term social and economic success for regional communities across the state. The 2018 Vision has been refreshed in response to the changed economic landscape and opportunities that have emerged in regional NSW following the drought, bushfires, flood and COVID-19 pandemic.