Prof Ian Eddie from SCU School of Business.
Prof Ian Eddie from SCU School of Business.

Roadmap forum for city's future

WHAT is driving Coffs Harbour's economy and what impact will national and global economic and social change have on the city's future?

These are some of the questions to be addressed at the first of three Coffs Community Forums being hosted by Southern Cross University, the Coffs Harbour City Council, and the Coffs Coast Advocate to facilitate public discussion and ultimately provide a roadmap for the future.

The first forum, at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus on Wednesday, August 17, will include presentations from Professor Ian Eddie and Professor Richard Smith.

Professor Eddie, from the Southern Cross Business School, will outline the nature of the Coffs Harbour economy and how this fits into what is happening at a national and global level.

“Coffs Harbour is not an island – it is connected in its economy to the rest of Australia and globally through interest rates and through prices, among other factors,” Professor Eddie said.

“We have seen recently how Australia's economy can be pushed around by what happens globally.

"The key question is how do we develop an economy that can be responsive to the global changes, to take advantage of the things that will bring benefit and to minimise the harm from the things that will be detrimental?

“We want to be responsive to the rise of China and India and other global pressures such as climate change.”

Members of the community are invited to attend the forum, in the D block lecture theatre, from 5.30pm.

For information and to RSVP, contact Deborah Hoiles on 6659 3341 or deborah.hoiles@scu.edu.au.

A reminder to also take the opportunity to respond to editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au stating what you believe is good about the Coffs Coast and what you believe needs improving.



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