Situated on the far north east coastal strip of the New South Wales, this area is the fastest growing region in the state boasting almost 300,000 people in 2016. It is defined by the Tweed, Richmond and Clarence river systems and embraces world heritage sites pristine rainforests and a magnificent coastline.
The large regional cities include Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina and Grafton. The smaller towns each have a brand such as Murwillumbah, (known for sugar), Byron Bay, (surfing and tourism), Casino (beef) and Kyogle (rainforests). There is a network of vibrant coastal and hinterland villages whose population diversity and vitality have an endearing quality. These villages include Nimbin which is known internationally as an alternative lifestyle centre.
The population benefits by having the Southern Cross University and North Coast Institute of TAFE on their doorstep together with a rich and diverse range of social and cultural activities and facilities which in turn ensure that a high proportion of innovative and creative people live in the area.