Gloucester: What a destination

Stewart Carruthers, Danny Green, Sandra Twomey, Yvonne Reynolds, Stuart Redman, Ernie Abeysekera, Michael Johnsen and Suzette Gaff, Business Development Manager of NSW Department of Industry Regional Development at the prospectus launch.
Stewart Carruthers, Danny Green, Sandra Twomey, Yvonne Reynolds, Stuart Redman, Ernie Abeysekera, Michael Johnsen and Suzette Gaff, Business Development Manager of NSW Department of Industry Regional Development at the prospectus launch.

Two groups are working together toward a common goal of promoting Gloucester as a vibrant and exciting place to live and work.

Gloucester Business Chamber and Destination Gloucester have both recently completed projects to help entice city people to move here.

On Wednesday June 15, the Chamber held an intimate launch of their prospectus which is a printed booklet advertising Gloucester to prospective businesses and families looking to move to a regional community.

The package was developed by the Chamber in conjunction with the NSW Department of Industry Office of Regional Development and the former Gloucester Shire Council to show businesses from outside of the region the benefits of establishing or relocating to Gloucester. 

The prospectus provides a range of valuable information on current Gloucester industries, the economy, the workforce, employment opportunities, business growth opportunities, infrastructure, and the many fantastic lifestyle benefits.

Michael Johnsen MP Member for Upper Hunter, who attended the launch, says a small group of locals and himself will take the prospectus in July and knock on doors of Sydney businesses to help promote Gloucester as a place to live and grow their businesses.

“I am proud that the NSW Liberal-Nationals Government, through the NSW Department of Industry Office of Regional Development Newcastle, partly funded the prospectus development to the amount $5,000, but will also provide $30,000 in funding for the investment attraction implementation,” Mr Johnsen continued.

Chamber will also be running a Business Retention and Expansion survey in the local area, which will help determine the needs and road blocks facing business owners. The purpose is to help identify the key issues for businesses in Gloucester in order to find solutions. 

Gloucester residents gather together to support the launch of the Destination Gloucester promotional video.

Gloucester residents gather together to support the launch of the Destination Gloucester promotional video.

The prospectus will showcased at the Regional Living Expo in Sydney in August along with the Destination Gloucester video launched on Wednesday evening to 170 residents. 

A group of residents inspired by the Tree Change Group have made the promotional video highlighting the benefits of moving to, investing in or simply visiting Gloucester.

Destination Gloucester member Gary Ferris says the seven and a half minute video will be played at the expo and will used online by the group or by anyone who wants to advertise Gloucester.

“We created something because we are passionate about it,” says Mr Ferris.

The group has plans to actively promote Gloucester beyond just the expo, using their Facebook page to reach people in Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast looking for a lifestyle change, a business opportunity a tourism destination or young people looking for a long term future. 

The video can be accessed on the Destination Gloucester Facebook page.