Media Release
Lithgow City Council

24 April 2009

COUNCIL RUN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY WORKSHOP PROVIDES POSiTIVE INPUT INTO STRATEGY

Having completed a range of community workshops Lithgow City Council is progressing well with its initiative of delivering an economic development strategy.

On Friday 17 th April, Lithgow City Council hosted another successful community workshop as part of their ongoing project to complete an Economic Development Strategy. The workshop was well represented by a broad spectrum of the local resident and business community with all actively participating in this initiative.

“This workshop has illustrated the importance to the community of using our strengths as a region and maximizing our opportunities in order to diversify the economic base, encourage new investment and the development of our established businesses. The community has clearly stated the critical need for a long-term marketing strategy for Lithgow which enables the region to promote itself to a broader audience in order to attract business investment, tourists and new residents”, said Mayor Neville Castle.

Workshop participants stated that some of Lithgow’s key strengths included the region’s natural beauty, friendly locals and Lithgow’s strategic location between Bathurst and Sydney. Opportunities included the development of Main Street, implementing a range of marketing initiatives and diversification of the local economy such as through cultural industries and tourism.

“Council is delighted with the success of this community workshop. The active participation of members of our community is essential to the completion of the Economic Development Strategy and we thank all of those who gave up their time on Friday to assist with this crucial project”, concluded the Mayor.

Building on previous workshops and this community workshop, results will be used to inform the key actions that will be detailed in the Economic Development Strategy. The next stages of this project will be to bring together all of the research completed; identifying and addressing any research gaps; detailing and prioritising strategic opportunities for the region; and developing action plans to implement the Economic Development Strategy.

The draft Economic Development Strategy will be available for public consultation and is scheduled to be finalised and endorsed by Council by the end of 2009. In the meantime Council continues to work on other key economic development initiatives such as establishing an Economic Development Advisory Committee; identifying and applying for a range of funding opportunities for example, to engage an Events Coordinator; and will soon commence a fully comprehensive feasibility study into developing a ten hectare industrial park in Wallerawang.

Council is also in the process of completing a new Local Environmental Plan which will provide direction to the region including the appropriate allocation of industrial/commercial land essential to support sustainable economic development and local community needs.

A report regarding the workshop held on Friday 17 th April is expected to be completed by the first week of May 2009. This report plus others relevant to the project will then be available to download from Council’s website on: www.lithgow.nsw.gov.au

Council would again like to thank all of those members of the community who participated in this engaging Economic Development workshop.

Council would also like to acknowledge and thank the Department of State and Regional Development who continue to directly support Lithgow by co-funding these workshops and other key projects in the region.

 

Contact:

Mayor Neville Castle
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Arabella Perugini-Sheere
Economic Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259