MidCoast Council calls for contributions to Regional Economic Development Strategy

Following information sessions held across the region last month, MidCoast Council is calling for people to contribute to a Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS).

Council is seeking industry, business and community representatives to take an active role in driving the development and implementation of a strategy to underpin regional economic and employment growth.

"We are looking for people from across the MidCoast who can bring local knowledge and experience about our varied industry and business sectors, in terms of both the opportunities, strengths and challenges," said council's manager growth, economic development and tourism, Deb Tuckerman.

The aim of the process is to identify innovative, well informed economic strategies that link to the key strengths of the area.

Sapere Research Group has been engaged by the NSW government to prepare the new strategic plan. 

"The offer from the NSW government to facilitate a regional economic development strategy is timely and will link well with our other key strategies including the draft tourism Destination Management Plan which is currently on exhibition" Ms Tuckerman said.

"It’s really important that we have broad community input. The process provides us with access to very detailed information about our current demographics and economic situation, but input from our local community is vital in order to interpret the information and to inform our strategies.

"The resulting plan will provide a strong foundation for council and the community to seek external funding for projects,” Ms Tuckerman said.

The first in a series of workshops will be held on Friday, September 1 at Club Taree, with the finalisation of the plan by December 2017.

If you'd like to be involved, you will need to register by Friday August 25. Registration forms and further information is available on council's website at  www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/REDS.