Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor and Chair of the Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils (JO), Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging residents who belong to a peak industry or business group, or who have an interest in regional economic development and employment to attend a Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) workshop to be held at The Tony Caine Room, Quirindi RSL Club, Station Street Quirindi, on Wednesday August 30 2017, commencing with a light lunch at 12.30pm and followed by a facilitated workshop commencing at 1pm through until 5pm.
“LPSC is excited about working together with the NSW Government and our two neighbouring members of the Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils, Tamworth Regional and Gunnedah Shire Councils as part of this important initiative to identify existing economic strengths, identify new opportunities to enhance the region's development, performance and competitiveness and set the region on a path to sustainable economic development,” Councillor Hope said.
“The REDS will help our three Councils provide the evidence we need to attract future State resources to underpin regionally significant economic projects and create employment in our local government areas. As such, this is a wonderful opportunity for industry and business groups, as well as other locals interested in regional economic development to be part of an exciting process to build a better future and to benefit from economic opportunities that eventuate,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said the development of consistent regional economic strategies across NSW is the initiative of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet through the Centre for Economic and Regional Development (CERD).
“CERD is working closely with all regional councils to roll out the preparation of REDS, which involves applying a standardised regional economic development methodology to identify existing economic strengths, identify new opportunities to enhance the region's development, performance and competitiveness and set the region on a path to sustainable economic development,” he said.
“The Regional Economic Development Strategy workshop will provide up-to-date demographic and economic information about the Lower North West region and provide those attending with the opportunity to be instrumental in the development of forward-looking, well informed economic strategies for key local industry and business growth across our region,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said further background information on the REDS project can be found on here.
“Dates will be announced in the future for further workshops that will be held in Gunnedah and Tamworth so we’re looking for positive input from all the events to ensure we get the best possible outcomes for our communities in the years ahead,” he said.
“For further information, ring Emily, at Council, on 6746 1755.
“Our three Councils have a population base of approximately 83,000 people who deserve a bright and prosperous future. I encourage everyone who has vision and enthusiasm, who can benefit through economic development and wants to build that better future for our region to be part of this project,” Councillor Hope concluded.