Chamber's plans to develop area

THE Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce is moving closer to creating a dynamic and growing business community.

The Business and Employment Development Opportunities Group has handed its completed blueprint to the chamber of commerce.

Business development group spokesperson, Alastair Milroy, said it identified gaps or complimentary business opportunities in the Northern Beaches.

“I would recommend the blueprint to the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce as a base document to assist in enhancing and growing Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches,” Mr Milroy said.

“The business group sees this document as a starting point to move ahead and grow as a business community. It is a ‘living’ document that can be added to and enhanced,” he said.

The blueprint aims to develop and grow the local area through opportunities which were identified in a business survey and two public workshops. These opportunities were in a variety of areas including business, education, public infrastructure, town beautification and the new highway upgrade.

It also created a new model for the chamber hierarchy to now incorporate inclusive community and business committees.

From that process several key gaps in the local service community were identified.

Among the possible complimentary businesses with a perceived need to emerge from the research were a sawmill, a clothing factory, gourmet cake supplier, dry cleaners, a Westpac branch, courier, locksmith, menswear store, Medicare, supermarket, tourist attraction, refrigerated transport storage and a major shopping centre.

Of these suggestions some were obviously going to be easier to bring into the area than others.

The blueprint provides the framework for business and community and is regarded as a model throughout the State.

Already the Department of State and Regional Development regional manager, Grant Burrows, has requested a copy of the document particularly in regards to the business survey.

It has also created a lot of interest locally particularly with the Coffs Harbour City Council Education, Training and Business Forum which helps drive the 2030 Strategic Plan.

The chamber said it will be working to ensure that appropriate committees will be working on the 2030 Strategic Plan to help keep the local interests to the forefront.

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