Future Towns funding program


Do you have some ideas for creating the conditions for economic success in Casino and Coraki?

Do you want to brush up on your digital skills for your business?

New workshop dates announced!
8, 9 and 10 May 2017

Future Towns Program
Casino and Coraki have been selected by the NSW Department of Industry to receive $50,000 each in funding towards delivery of Placemaking and Digital Readiness initiatives under the program called Future Towns.

A part of the funding package is to engage external consultants to examine the towns and assist in delivery of the activities.  Place Partners have been selected as consultants for Richmond Valley Council and will deliver consultancy and workshops on 8th, 9th and 10th of May 2017.

In preparation, some short surveys will be conducted by Place Partners to capture an overview of what businesses think are the best priority areas of focus.

To complete this short survey, please click this link:  Survey

Workshops & Activities
Over the 8th, 9th and 10th of May 2017, representatives from Place Partners will visit Casino and Coraki and deliver a number of workshops and activities which all business owners and operators from the Richmond Valley are invited to attend.

The placemaking workshops will be used to identify the priorities of the local businesses and help develop a plan for the projects to be delivered under the funding.

The digital readiness workshops are a great chance for businesses to expand their digital skills and will include some valuable training and opportunities to learn from experts.

Schedule of Events
There are 10 workshops and events being held over the three days in May.  Each activity will have a key focus on either Placemaking or Digital Readiness.

For a full event schedule, click here.

The outcomes of the placemaking workshops and surveys will be used to identify priority projects for each township and delivery of one selected activity will be completed by 30 June 2017.

Who can attend?
All businesses from the Richmond Valley are invited to attend the workshops and events.  

About the Future Towns Program 
(information from NSW Department of Industry)

The new $1 million Future Towns Program will support up to 20 regional towns to help their small businesses become digital ready and consider new and innovative ways to undertake place activation activities, support economic growth through business facilitation and mentoring, and create the environmental conditions for business success.

Future Towns recognises that digital capability is increasingly important for businesses and the communities in which they are located. The fund is designed to help regional towns take advantage of the NBN roll out and the business and economic opportunity that improved connectivity brings. Future Towns recognises that the quality of NSW regional main streets are critical to attracting and retaining skilled and talented people, promoting business development and entrepreneurship, and drawing new small businesses to the community.

The fund is designed to improve the activation of key spaces and main streets of participating regional towns. We are working to help NSW regional councils deliver the on-ground initiatives that will turn on their town’s economic potential. The Future Towns program is aligned with the newly launched NSW Government’s Regional Development Framework, a program that seeks to make strategic place-based investments to secure the economic future of regional NSW.

The 20 towns participating in the 2016/17 Future Towns program include: Bega, Bombala, Casino, Cooma, Coraki, Coramba, Dungog, Gloucester, Gunnedah, Junee, Jindabyne, Kempsey, Kyogle, Manilla, Narrandera, Tenterfield, Wingham, West Wyalong, Woolgoolga and Urunga.


All Future Towns activities and events are free to attend.

To register for any of the Future Towns activities, please complete the form below:


Please indicate which activities you would like to attend:

10:00 am Introduction to Placemaking
10:30am Site Walk - Casino CBD
1:00 pm Placemaking Workshop - The Town Centre
9:00am Placemaking Workshop - The Focus Area
11:00am - Feedback
2:00pm Placemaking & Activation Introduction
2:30pm Digital Readiness Workshop
6.30pm Digital Opportunities Keynote Address
9:00am Digital Marketing Workshop
1:00pm Place Activation Workshop - The Focus Area

Workshop venues:
CASINO: Casino Community & Cultural Centre - 35 Walker Street Casino
CORAKI: CWA Rooms, 61 Richmond Terrace, Coraki


For all program enquiries, please contact

Cherie Holdsworth
Economic Development Officer
Richmond Valley Council
T: 02 666 00232 | F: 02 6660 1300 | M: 0417 738 961
E: cherie.holdsworth@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au