Help us plan your home for next 20 years

The Macleay Valley is a place of natural beauty, stunning landscapes, historic settlements, rich character and culture.

Kempsey Shire Council is finalising our Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), a tool that guides the next 20 years of land use in the shire. It will be the foundation for all strategic planning for the area, which includes defining the character of individual areas in Kempsey Shire and highlighting planning priorities for each of them. In short, a road map for planning in our area over the next 20 years.

Our draft LSPS document is branded ‘Your Future Macleay – Growth and Character’ to reflect its focus on our community’s economic, social, cultural and environmental land use needs and aspirations.

The draft Your Future Macleay – Growth and Character aims to identify the special characteristics of 13 locations across our region, from Kempsey to South West Rocks, Bellbrook to Stuarts Point, Crescent Head to Frederickton.

These statements of character were developed last year after our staff went into each of the 13 communities and spoke to individuals, held information stalls, attended council catch ups as well as publishing a discussion document on our online engagement portal.

We want to hear your opinion on the descriptions we’ve used for our communities and the way our towns and villages may change over the next 20 years. The draft Your Future Macleay – Growth and Character is now on exhibition and we want to hear more from you about your part of the Shire.

Please head to to review the draft LSPS and have your say on your place, on your shire and on our community’s character. Or you can view a physical copy of the document at our Customer Service Centre.

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