Unemployment a resource, Mayor says

UNEMPLOYMENT is a resource that can be tapped to ensure the success of new and existing industries on the Coffs Coast, according to the mayor of Nambucca.

Mayor Rhonda Hoban officially launched the new Macksville Industrial Estate yesterday and said the estate presents a major opportunity for the shire.

“Nambucca Shire is well situated to establish as a manufacturing and distribution hub to service the region,” Cr Hoban said.

“Macksville has the most affordable industrial land on the Mid North Coast and there's a real opportunity to not only attract new business to the region but also provide room for existing businesses to grow.”

Cr Hoban highlighted Nambucca Shire's unemployment rate of 10.4 per cent as an untapped resource that can be used to attract businesses.

“Companies can be assured if they move to the shire that they have available quality human resources to draw from,” she said.

“Most of the new businesses capitalising on the industrial estate have employed local people, and this will continue as more businesses come in.”

The Nambucca Vehicle Body Manufacturing Cluster, a group of niche manufacturers, is one example and has grown to employ more than 200 full-time staff, while Country Energy is establishing a new power sub station on the estate.

But Cr Hoban said the Macksville Industrial Estate will also provide a boost to council coffers that will flow on to the wider community in other ways.

“This is not about growth for growth's sake but about improving the quality of life for the shire and the region,” she said.

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