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Businesses get behind the first Georges River Draft Economic Development Strategy


Georges River Council’s first draft Economic Development Strategy was launched for public exhibition at the annual St George Business Breakfast networking event this week.
“This Strategy has been developed after considerable consultation with our business and the broader community,” said Georges River Mayor, Kevin Greene.
“In taking a place based approach to the Strategy we’ve sought to better understand the composition, opportunities and challenges of each of our key and emerging centres.” 
The Strategy’s delivery plan provides tactics for economic growth divided into three themes:
  1. Local jobs for local people for a ‘local’ lifestyle.
  2. Attractive and healthy places to work live and invest in – day and night.
  3. A progressive, innovative, diverse and productive economy.
The Strategy also includes personal commitments from members of the community in supporting place based economic growth, such as not littering, shopping locally, and keeping shopfronts clean at all times.

President of St George Business Chamber, Allan Zreik said that he is optimistic about the direction being developed within the draft Strategy and looks forward to collaborating with Council to advance shared goals for local businesses.
“Working together with Council and communicating with one another will help make the Georges River area much more prosperous and competitive,” said Mr Zreik.
The Economic Development Strategy, once approved, will remain current for four years to integrate and complement Council’s other plans.

The Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), comprising of Councillors and representatives from our business community, will oversee the Strategy’s implementation, monitoring and review.  Its success will be measured and reviewed against overarching key performance indicators aligned to survey, Census and employment data. 

Business owners and residents are invited to review and provide their feedback prior to the public exhibition closing on the 26 October 2018.
To review the draft Economic Development Strategy and provide feedback or call 9330 6400.
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