Message from the Secretary

Welcome to the Department of Regional New South Wales.

We are here to support our regional communities and businesses, and drive government investment to future-proof our regional economies by building strong and resilient regional cities and towns.

To put it simply, we are here to work hard for the people of regional NSW, and it is the people and communities of regional NSW that are at the heart of everything we do.

We know that regional NSW is an incredible place to live, work, raise a family and play, and we are here to ensure our regions are set-up to thrive for generations to come.

Our department will be driving strategic investment across the regions from Bega to Broken Hill and Byron Bay. We will ensure our regional industries and resources are supported to grow and boost employment opportunities across the regions.

We respond to global challenges in a local context and provide stimulus to help our regions recover and thrive when times get tough. We champion regional issues and help build strong, resilient communities and economies, grow primary industries, create jobs and employment, and steward the use of our natural endowments: our lands, minerals, agriculture, mining and natural resources.

We have offices and teams across the state, and we look forward to working together with you, our regional communities, businesses and industries, after all, no-one knows your region or town better than you.

We are all witnessing an interesting time in world history, but we are excited for the future and the incredible opportunities for regional NSW.

Gary Barnes, Secretary