Council seeks feedback

WELLINGTON Shire Council is seeking public feedback on its draft Economic Development Strategy 2016-22. 

The strategy was prepared after consultation with a broad range of groups and organisations across the municipality. 

It identifies a number of challenges and opportunities to control, monitor and influence Wellington Shire’s economy.

Mayor Darren McCubbin said interviews, meetings and workshops held with representatives from the business community, tourism industry, education and training organisations were instrumental in the preparation of the draft strategy.

“This document is the result of many months of diligent community engagement with industry stakeholders and reflects the priorities, issues and opportunities raised. Now we’d like to find out what residents in our wider community think,” he said.

“The objectives of the draft Economic Development Strategy reflect Wellington’s distinctive economic strengths, particularly those of economic diversity and liveability. It incorporates an action plan that will be reviewed every two years to ensure it reflects our changing environment.

“The action plan sets out how council will strive to achieve the visions identified in the strategy. 

“These include how we can better connect links between our people, our products and our places; how we can add further diversity to our local economy including how we can leverage greater opportunities from the digital economy.

“It explores how we can help to facilitate investment in infrastructure and improve our workforce profile. 

“Central also to the strategy is our region itself, considering not only how we can make use of our enviable natural environment not only for tourism but also for its provision of a wonderful place to live and work,” Cr McCubbin said. 

Council’s Economic Development Strategy 2016-22 and action plan 2016-18 are available in draft form now for public comment. They are online at www.wellington.vic.gov.au or in hard copy at council’s Customer Service Centres in Yarram and Sale, or any branch of Wellington Shire libraries. 

Feedback is invited by email to EconomicDevelopment@wellington.vic.gov.au or by post, addressed to Economic Development Strategy, Wellington Shire Council, PO Box 506, Sale 3850, until June 27.