Building a strong regional economy

Working together with the NSW Government, MidCoast Council will be developing a Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) in the coming months and is holding information sessions for interested community members, local industry and business groups.

If you belong to a peak industry or business group, or you have an interest in regional economic development and employment, then you're invited to attend information sessions being held at Gloucester and Bulahdelah (Monday, July 24), Taree (Tuesday, July 25) and Forster (Wednesday, July 26).

The development of consistent REDS across State regions is the initiative of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, through the Centre for Economic and Regional Development (CERD).

CERD is working closely with local councils to roll out the preparation of REDS, which apply standardised regional economic development methodology to identify existing economic strengths, new opportunities to enhance the region's development, performance and competitiveness and to set the region on a path to sustainable economic development.

Council's Manager of Growth, Economic Development and Tourism, Deb Tuckerman, says "we are very pleased to be working closely with the NSW Government to develop the REDS for the MidCoast region and to be one of the first regions in NSW to do so.

"The REDS will help us provide the evidence we need to attract State resources to underpin regionally significant economic projects and create employment in our region."

The information sessions will provide a guide to the process that will be followed to develop the REDS including the opportunities for key local industry and business groups to contribute to the development of the Strategy. 

The information sessions will be held at:

Bulahdelah School of Arts - Monday, July 24 from 11am - 1pm;

Gloucester Council office - Monday, July 24 from 5.30pm - 7.30pm;

Taree Council office - Tuesday, July 25 from 5.30pm - 7.30pm;

Forster Council office - Wednesday, July 26 from 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

For further background information on the REDS project please visit Council's website at: