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About the Plan

"Taking Care of Brunswick" Community Economic Transition Plan 2011-2016

In 2009 the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce was invited by Industry and Investment NSW (I&I) to apply for funding for the preparation of a Community Economic Transition Plan (CETP) for Brunswick Heads. The application was successful and the Community Economic Transition Plan project commenced in October 2010.

What is the Brunswick Community Economic Transition Plan about?

The Brunswick Heads CETP project will review  the town's current vision  and develop a five year plan for its future, giving the community an opportunity to determine its own destiny. The Plan will focus  on key areas such as:   

  • Arts and culture
  • Community resilience and collaboration
  • Food
  • Housing and the built environment
  • Infrastructure and essential services
  • Local economy and tourism
  • Natural environment
  • Transport
  • Youth and aged care

The CETP is similar to previous NSW Government funded Community Economic Development Plans, which Brunswick Heads has undertaken in the past, however the Community Economic Transition Plan also has a focus on assisting communities to adapt and work together to deal with possible future rapid changes or transitions that may occur. These may for example, be due to economic uncertainty, extreme weather events or global resource depletion.

The first CETP was undertaken in the Caldera region of Tweed Shire in 2008-9. The Brunswick Plan will be the first such plan undertaken by a coastal community in NSW.

A number of the projects outlined in the previous "Taking Care of Brunswick" Community Economic Development Plan 2004-9 have now been successfully completed. The new Plan will build on the successful outcomes from the 2004-9 Plan. Once again, the central theme of the new Plan will be about the community taking collective care of the town.  

Who is involved?

The CETP Management Committee includes representatives from:

  • Industry & Investment NSW (the funding body)
  • Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce
  • Brunswick Heads Progress Association
  • Byron Shire Council
  • North Coast Holiday Parks
  • Brunswick Volunteer Marine Rescue
  • Brunswick Heads Public School

The Committee will oversee the implementation of the process until the completion of the final planning document and the acquittal of the grant funds.

Penny Watson has been appointed Project Facilitator and Robert Rosen has been appointed Project Manager.

Project Timeline

November - December 2010
Meeting of Brunswick Heads Community Representatives Forum to discuss the program, its key focus areas and the format of the Community Forums. Briefings with relevant stakeholder groups

February 2011
Community information and education workshop

19th March 2011
Community Expo 

April 14th 2011
First community workshop

May 12th 2011
Second community workshop

March-August 2011
Establishment of working groups

July 2011
Draft Plan prepared and presented to community groups for comment

September 2011
Completion and launch of the final Plan 


Penny Watson
Mobile: 0413 748864
Email: communityfacilitation@gmail.com

Robert Rosen
Phone: 02 6685 1090  
Mobile: 0424 075029 
Email: rrosen@mullum.com.au

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