Draft Economic Development Strategy Open for Feedback

Published on 02 August 2019

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Moyne Shire Council has released a draft Economic Development Strategy which is now open for community comment.

Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe said the strategy was developed after consultation with almost 100 business owners and community members, over 300 responses to surveys covering both community and tourism, and more than 40 interviews with business and industry representatives.

“Moyne is a fantastic place to live and by understanding the challenges we face around local economy and population growth, we can work collaboratively with our local communities and businesses to make it even better,” Cr Wolfe said.

“The Strategy guides the opportunities for growth, for local business and industry to become more diverse, create employment and improve residents’ standard of living.”

Moyne Shire Council CEO, Bill Millard said the strategy provides a framework to support development of the local economy and outlines the role Council will play in facilitating this development.

“Councils play an active role in economic development and try to facilitate sustainable growth to strengthen local economies,” Mr Millard said.

“The Economic Development Strategy and Council’s strong funding decisions through the 2019/20 Budget will assist us play a pivotal role with the business community in driving local economic development.”

The strengths, challenges and opportunities for local economic factors have been categorised by six key areas in the strategy: people and place, attracting investment, major local industry, role of Council, sustainability, and together as a region.

Businesses and community members are encouraged to provide feedback during the four-week public comment period, from August 2 – 26 August.

Feedback can be submitted online at Council’s website or via council offices in Koroit, Mortlake and Port Fairy. A series of drop-in sessions and public meetings will also be held during the feedback period where CEO Bill Millard and Cr Daniel Meade will introduce the strategy and give an overview of the accompanying action plan.

Following this period, feedback will be collated, with the final Strategy scheduled to be presented at the October Council Meeting.

For more information visit www.moyne.vic.gov.au.