Coffs Harbour's crest proudly adorns the City Council building on Castle St.
Coffs Harbour's crest proudly adorns the City Council building on Castle St. ROB WRIGHT

Coffs Harbour's draft economic strategy on display from today

FROM today Coffs Harbour residents will be able to have their say on the City's draft economic strategy.   The document was developed through a series of workshops with representatives of key industry sectors including health, education, tourism, manufacturing, creative industries and professional services  (finance, legal, business and construction).   "Smart companies decide where to locate facilities and hire workers based on the quality of a community's infrastructure, institutions and human capital - its business ecosystem," the draft Strategy's author, Dr Grant Cairncross from Southern Cross University, said.   "This is what the strategy aims to work on with the business community.   "We aim to do this by investing in the human and physical infrastructure that will appeal to and strengthen entire industries-thereby more effectively attracting, retaining, and expanding commercial activity.    "While there has been significant business involvement in getting the strategy to this stage, there is still opportunity during the public exhibition phase for others to comment and come on board.   "This is the time we are asking people to identify where they see themselves taking a part in implementing the strategy."    Part One of the Strategy outlines the actions undertaken in developing the Strategy.   It also describes Coffs Harbour's current economic situation and identifies opportunities that the Strategy proposes are pursued in its Action Plans.    The Action Plans - Part Two of the Strategy - focus on the natural, human, technological and capital resources of the city in those areas of the economy where the greatest opportunity for triple bottom line sustainability, change and competitive advantage can be achieved.    The draft document is on public exhibition from today until July 9.    Click here to view the draft   Submissions can be made via email or an online form. Printed copies are also available for viewing at Council's Administrative Centre on the corner of Castle and Coffs Streets and local libraries.  


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