A new Economic Development Strategy - have your say

The Strategy is now open for public comment

  • Read and/or download the Strategy HERE(PDF, 8MB) .
  • Submit any comments
  • Printed copies are also available in our Port Fairy and Mortlake offices.
  • The Background Report can be read HERE(PDF, 5MB) This is the evidence base for the Strategy and Action Plan. Please note, Council is not seeking feedback on the Background Report, just on the Strategy and Action Plan

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Public meetings and drop in sessions

Come along to our public meetings in August:

  • Meet CEO Bill Millard, Cr Daniel Meade and members of the Economic Development team
  • Hear about Council’s long term vision for economic development in Moyne Shire, as well as the top priorities on the Action Plan.
  • Hear from local business owners who have been involved in the project.
  • Discuss the Strategy and provide feedback in person if you like.
  • Light supper will be provided at the evening meetings.

Economic Development staff will also be available to meet in person at drop-in sessions across the Shire. Details are below:

Port Fairy
Drop in session – Monday 12 August, 12-5pm
Visitor Information Centre, Bank St

Public meeting – Tuesday 13 August, 6-7.30pm
Hawker Kampong, 20 Bank St 

Drop in session – Wednesday 14 August, 12-5pm
Mortlake Library, 101 Dunlop St

Public meeting – Wednesday 14 August, 6-7.30pm
Mortlake Library, 101 Dunlop St

Drop in session – Wednesday 21 August, 12-5pm
Blackwood Centre, 172 Commercial Rd

Public meeting - Wednesday 21 August, 6-7.30pm
Blackwood Centre, 172 Commercial Rd

About Economic Development

  • Economic development is about more than jobs and businesses, it's about people. It's about creating excellent places for people to live, work, visit and invest.
  • It's about having long term visions with short term plans to achieve the big goals.
  • It's sometimes called ecodev and involves working with new and existing businesses; small operations and large industries; grants and funding opportunities; farming, tourism, retail, health, hospitality and other sectors; exporting; innovation and technology; community involvement; land use and town planning; business growth; networking; research and science; training and education; regional initiatives and much more...
  • Councils play a role by creating long-term strategies. To give you an idea of the kinds of activities that fall under economic development, check out the State Government's site.

What is an Economic Development Strategy?

In October 2018, Council began working on a new Economic Development Strategy. It's a plan to guide economic growth in the Shire. The Strategy will guide Council, in partnership with stakeholders, to develop and enhance a sustainable local economy. It outlines priorities and initiatives to support the economic growth and livability of our region. The project is supported by Regional Development Victoria's Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

The Strategy has three parts:

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What does this mean for you?

Businesses and communities benefit by:

  • having a shared, long-term vision. This can guide decision making on so many things! Like the types of events we host, the kinds of major investments we attract, how our towns are shaped into the future to serve the needs of residents, the types of new residents and business we attract to live and work here, the ways our industries develop to be more innovative and sustainable.
  • having a Shire-wide plan that can help people make decisions about where to invest time and energy in growing or diversifying their business. For example, what are the opportunities for tourism businesses to better leverage our agricultural sector? 
  • defining the ways to improve our towns. This might mean better signage, wifi, shops, services or parks. It could mean better supports for home-based businesses. It might mean encouraging buildings and infrastructure to be greener or more efficient.
  • giving Council a plan for the long and short term. This might involve training and workshops. It could be improving Council's planning and permit processes. Or collaborating on a regional level to put the Great South Coast on the map.
  • These are all just examples and ideas...get involved to shape how the Strategy can benefit you!

What is the process and timeline?

Background. Council is working with SED Advisory to deliver the Strategy. SED will produce a detailed Background Report. This information, combined with rich data from the surveys and consultations, will inform the Action Plan. 

Consultation with business, industry and community. This stage began in September 2018 and finished in January 2019. Consultation has been the most important part of the Strategy. We collected strong feedback about the aspirations, expertise and experience of our region's employers and employees, local business owners, service providers and community groups. This stage included interviews, phone calls, community sessions, workshops, meetings and an online survey. There was also be a visitor questionnaire to find out more about our tourism sector.

Draft. A draft Strategy has now been released and is at the top of the page for your comment.

Implementation. When the draft and review stage is complete, a final Strategy will be formally adopted by Council. We will post updated information on this page as the project takes shape.

What should you do? 

  • Read the Draft Strategy (at the top of this page) and let us know what you think.
  • For more information, contact Loren Tuck on ecodev@moyne.vic.gov.au or call 5568 0573.

 Consultation list as at August, 2019

Round two - draft open for public comment

Dates and details

Online release of draft Strategy for public comment

From Friday 2 August – Monday 26 August.

Release of hard copies of draft Strategy for public

Hard copies of the draft Strategy will be available for viewing
and comment at Council offices from Friday 2 August – Monday 26 August.
Mortlake Shire Office, Dunlop St, Mortlake
Port Fairy Shire Office, Princes St Port Fairy

Meetings and/or drop-in sessions for discussion
of draft Strategy


Sessions will be held in the following towns for businesses to ask questions and provide feedback on the draft Strategy:

Port Fairy
Drop in session – Monday 12 August, Visitor Information Centre, Bank St, 12-5pm

Public meeting – Tuesday 13 August, Hawker Kampong, 20 Bank St, 6-7.30pm

Drop in session – Wednesday 14 August, Mortlake Library, 101 Dunlop St, 12-5pm

Public meeting – Wednesday 14 August, Mortlake Library, 101 Dunlop St, 6-7.30pm

Drop in session – Wednesday 21 August, Blackwood Centre, 172 Commercial Rd, 12-5pm

Public meeting – Wednesday 21 August, Blackwood Centre, 172 Commercial Rd, 6-7.30pm

Round one consultation

Dates and details


Local businesses and residents survey - closed on 18 December 2018
Visitor survey - closed on 10 January, 2019

Tourism and Traders focus group

Monday 3 December 3 2018, 6 - 7.30pm
Charlie's on East, Port Fairy
All owners and staff of tourism, hospitality
and retail businesses are encouraged to come along.

Wind Farm industry focus group

Wednesday 6 December 2018, in Mortlake

Construction, housing and planning focus group

Thursday 7 December 2018, in Warrnambool
Invitations have been sent. If you would like to be involved
please contact Loren Tuck on 5568 0573.

Mortlake business focus group

Monday 17 December 2018, 5.30-7pm
Tri Mo Cafe, 122 Dunlop St, Mortlake
All businesses from Mortlake and surrounding townships, including
Hawkesdale, Dundonnell, Woolsthorpe and Woorndoo, are
encouraged to come along.

Koroit business focus group

Thursday 17 January 2019, 5.30-7pm
Blackwood Centre, Commercial Rd, Koroit
All businesses from Koroit and surrounding townships are
encouraged to come along.

Community and resident groups

Interviews and meetings were completed in January, 2019.

Other local industry and business groups

Interviews and meetings were completed in January, 2019.