Mayor Liz Campbell

From the Mayor's desk
Week commencing 13 August 2018Mayor Liz Campbell

Invest in You

This week Council launched the Macleay’s Invest in You guide - an overview of our local economy and highlights investment opportunities through engaging case studies.

The aim of Invest in You is to welcome outside interest - including potential sea changers and start-up businesses - in moving to and/or investing in our beautiful part of the world. And it’s the ideal time to invest in our valley. Unemployment is down while worker productivity, exports and gross output are up.

The Macleay Valley provides a stable and diverse economy with 2,200 local businesses. But we’re in a time of change where businesses who evolve and grasp new opportunities can succeed and grow. Council wants to do all we can to support our community to be part of our future growth.

One of the key actions in our Operating Plan for this financial year is to design an Economic Development Strategy. That project will commence shortly with dollar for dollar assistance from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. It involves research to build an up-to-date forecast of our economy and future developments.

There will be engagement and workshops with local companies and businesses to get their views on our future, as we all own a stake in the development of our economy. The whole community has a role to play - whether you are a business owner looking to grow your business, a new industry on the cusp of expansion, or a local resident with a focus on buying local.

There is no better example of buying local than what was on display at the August Riverside Markets. A brilliant winter’s day, huge crowds and stall holders run off their feet. It was great to join the staff on the Council stall. We celebrated the end of Local Government Week by talking with the community about waste, customer service expectations and our libraries.

Invest in You throws a spotlight on why the Macleay is an attractive and affordable lifestyle destination for professionals, investors and families. Take time to read and share a copy, available on Council’s website or Customer Service Centre.

Cover of Invest in You.