Input needed for economic development and tourism plan

Business owners and community leaders have participated in workshops across the shire recently to help develop the Central Goldfields Shire Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.

According to Central Goldfields Shire chief administrator Noel Harvey the meetings held in Talbot, Maryborough and Dunolly were targeted at businesses and “people working on the ground” to help council understand what the community’s priorities are.

“Council will also host other workshops and talk to the broader community about what they think the economic development issues and opportunities are for our shire,” he said.

“We are encouraging people to think about the economic future of the shire and the tourism

opportunities that are there. Council is encouraging all residents to attend the upcoming meetings.”

Mr Harvey said the council has not previously had an overarching economic development plan.

“It’s (an economic development plan) about identifying what are the opportunities for the shire, not just now, but for the next 10 or 15 years. It’s about thinking how to position ourselves as a community and a municipality, to take advantage of industry opportunities that may be presented to us,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 18

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