Economic Development Officer - Gunnedah Shire Council
Have your say: Gunnedah Shire’s Economic Future

Dear Gunnedah Shire Business Community

Gunnedah Shire Council has commenced a process to develop a new economic development strategy, setting the path for future growth and investment in to our Shire.

The Gunnedah Shire Economic Development Strategy 2021-2025, when complete, will guide Council’s economic development roles and functions and provide a strategic framework to focus its activities as a supporter, enabler and promoter of economic development for the next four years.

Mr Sasha Lennon of consultancy firm SC Lennon & Associates, have been engaged by Council to prepare the strategy and will be in Gunnedah to meet with a diverse range of local business and community stakeholders, from 1-3 December 2020.

We welcome your input to help us to set this strategy for the future direction of Gunnedah Shire. We have organised a number of sessions to accommodate as many people as possible. Please click the link to reserve a spot in one of the following sessions.

Tuesday 1st December
  • Lunch session: 12:30pm – 2:00pm @ Council Training Room (63 Elgin Street)
  • Drinks and nibbles session: 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Gunnedah Hotel
Wednesday 2nd December
  • Drinks and nibbles session: 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ The Courthouse Hotel
Thursday 3rd December
  • Breakfast and coffee session: 7:30am – 9:00am @ The Verdict Café

Don’t worry, we know that great brain power can’t happen on an empty stomach, catering will be provided!

Limited spots available due to COVID-19 Safety requirements.

Manager Economic Development - Gunnedah Shire Council
You’re invited to attend: Have your say: Gunnedah Shire’s Economic Future

Dear Gunnedah Shire Business Community

Gunnedah Shire Council has commenced a process to develop a new economic development strategy, setting the path for future growth and investment in to our Shire.

The Gunnedah Shire Economic Development Strategy 2021-2025, when complete, will guide Council’s economic development roles and functions and provide a strategic framework to focus its activities as a supporter, enabler and promoter of economic development for the next four years.

Mr Sasha Lennon of consultancy firm SC Lennon & Associates, have been engaged by Council to prepare the strategy and will be in Gunnedah to meet with a diverse range of local business and community stakeholders, from 1-3 December 2020.

We welcome your input to help us to set this strategy for the future direction of Gunnedah Shire. We have organised a number of sessions to accommodate as many people as possible. Please click the link to reserve a spot in one of the following sessions.

Tuesday 1st December

  • Lunch session: 12:30pm – 2:00pm @ Council Training Room (63 Elgin Street)
  • Drinks and nibbles session: 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Gunnedah Hotel

Wednesday 2nd December

  • Drinks and nibbles session: 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ The Courthouse Hotel

Thursday 3rd December

  • Breakfast and coffee session: 7:30am – 9:00am @ The Verdict Café

Don’t worry, we know that great brain power can’t happen on an empty stomach, catering will be provided!

Limited spots available due to COVID-19 Safety requirements.

Manager Economic Development - Gunnedah Shire Council
Skills and Training Working Group Seeking Additional Community Representatives

Due to overwhelming community interest Council are seeking interest for Community Interest we have reopened applications for the Skills and Training Working Group. The new Skills and Training Working Group aims to build the Shire’s skills base and provide more local training opportunities.

The working group will facilitate greater collaboration between employers, vocational education providers and government, advocating for the communities skills and training needs.

Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey, Deputy Rob Hooke and Councillor Colleen Fuller have been nominated as Council’s representatives. They will be joined by several community representatives, including two from Gunnedah TAFE and two members of the Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce.

Council is currently seeking additional nominations for business and community representatives.

Representatives will be required to attend working group meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month at 3.00pm at the Gunnedah Shire Council Chambers in Elgin Street.

Applications for business representatives close at 5pm on Friday, December 4. The application form can be found here.

Manager Economic Development - Gunnedah Shire Council
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Advertising of Chair Positions

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support and broker economic development opportunities for their  regions. The Australian Government recently announced a strengthening of the network through the implementation of a new charter (attached) and 4.5 year Funding Agreement to 30 June 2025. This commitment positions the RDA network as the Commonwealth’s primary regional development engagement body, working with state and local government to support economic growth in Australia’s regions.

All current RDA committee Chair terms (with the exception of the 6 RDA committees in Victoria) cease 31 December 2020 and these positions are now open for applications via the Join your RDA page of www.rda.gov.au.

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in promoting the Chair positions and have attached a zip file containing the following documentation for your reference and use to promote the call for applications:

  • RDA Charter from 1 January 2021
  • Ministerial Media Release
  • Generic print advertisement
  • Social media text

Applications opened 6 November and close Monday 23 November 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department via the Helpline, Phone: 1800 505 938 (Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm AEDT) or email <rdaapplications@infrastructure.gov.au>

 

Manager Economic Development - Gunnedah Shire Council
Huge response to Business Partner Program street beautification round

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Business Partner Program recent round aimed at street beautification has proven a runaway success, with 45 local businesses and organisations approved for funding.

As part of the Invigorate Gunnedah – COVID-19 Business Recovery Package, Council supported a plan to bring vibrancy back into the CBD and build business resilience.

Chair of the Business Partner Program Advisory Group Cr Ann Luke said this round of the super-charged 2020 program was aimed at street beautification through the support of signage and façade upgrades.

“We are very excited about the number and the quality of submissions for this round of the Business Partner Program,” Cr Luke said.

“It is wonderful to see so many businesses and organisations confident in their future, and the successful submissions showed a clear economic or employment benefit for our Shire.

“Local signage businesses are also winners as the funds required use of local contractors where possible, keeping the dollars in town with close to $112,000 in total project costs.

“Gunnedah Shire Council’s total contribution of $40,506 will go towards improved signage, shopfronts and generally making our streets more inviting and appealing. It is a great way to meet the needs of our businesses and improve the look of our Shire. The total of

“I really look forward to seeing the results of this round of the Business Partner Program.”

The successful businesses and organisations in the signage and façade round of the Business Partner Program were:

Blush & Bloom Skin and Beauty, Sunburnt Treasures, Harvest Lodge Motel, Stacey McAllan Legal, Gracia Rose, W A Baxter & Co Pty Ltd Solicitors, Gunnedah Locksmiths, Carwash 2380, Goodness & Gracious, The Verdict Coffee, Kez’s Café, Ricky Graham Fitness, Col Nelson Motorcycles, Enchanted on Conadilly, Second Edition Bookstore, Robertson Real Estate Gunnedah, Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises Ltd, Eat Street Asia, 4eva Keepsakes, Stewart Surveys Pty Ltd, Gunnedah Shire Band, Crest Financial Services Pty Ltd, Mpowered Health and Wellness, Valley Fasteners, Co-operative Businesses @ 203 Conadilly Street, Hartley’s Electrical, Lakeford Real Estate, GB Auto Group Pty Ltd, The OBG Co Pty Ltd, Jobs Australia Enterprises, Thub Thim Thai, Parkview Hotel, Turner Cycle Shop, The Barbers Way, Raw Confetti, Chan Supa Thai Massage and Day Spa, MDH Haulage Pty Ltd, Gunnedah Meals on Wheels Association, Soul Hair Studio, BTS Blinds & Awnings, Gunnible Pastoral Company Pty Ltd, SE Michel and Co Pty Ltd, Downtown Serviced Apartments, Impact Solutions Pty Ltd and Ray White Fleming & Ross.

Manager Economic Development - Gunnedah Shire Council
Consultations commence on Inland Rail proposal

Gunnedah Shire Council is calling on local industry representatives to provide input for a proposed Intermodal Freight Terminal in Gunnedah.

Council has received funding from the $44 million Australian Government Interface Improvement Program to conduct a pre-feasibility study into a potential terminal at Gunnedah.

The pre-feasibility study will be conducted over the coming months and will assess a proposal to develop an intermodal freight terminal in Gunnedah that could maximise the long-term benefit of Inland Rail and enhance the region’s connection to the national freight rail network.

Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Cr Jamie Chaffey said the Gunnedah Shire is well positioned to benefit from opportunities generated by the Inland Rail.

“Inland Rail will help link producers to markets and create new opportunities for regional communities,” Cr Chaffey said.

“Gunnedah Shire Council has been working with the support of business case advisors appointed through the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program to assess the feasibility of a Gunnedah Intermodal Freight Terminal.

“We believe the project will have significant benefits for our supply chain as well as value adding opportunities for a range of industries and producers.

“Council is assisting with the consultation phase of the study and we are eager for local businesses to participate as stakeholders in the planning process.”

Those interested in participating can contact Council’s Economic Development team on (02) 6740 2100 or council@infogunnedah.com.au.

For further information on Inland Rail and the Interface Improvement Program visit inlandrail.gov.au.

ENDS

Media contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.

Economic Development Officer - Gunnedah Shire Council
Regional Job Creation Fund

The $100M Regional Job Creation Fund launched on Sunday 25th October.

The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

  • replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
  • establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
  • onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
  • development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
  • relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.
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Manager Economic Development - Gunnedah Shire Council
Inland Rail – Industry Skills Study – Survey

Transport for NSW is investigating the impact and opportunities on jobs and skill requirements across the Local Government Areas in close proximity of  the Narrabri to NSW/QLD border stage of the Inland Rail project.

The Western Research Institute (WRI) has been engaged to complete a research project that seeks information across the following 5 council within the region.

The research will provide an assessment of the jobs impacts from the construction of the Narrabri to NSW/QLD border stage of the Inland Rail project. It will also seek comments on other major infrastructure and construction projects over the next 5 years and the challenges and benefits each region faces in making the most of the opportunities created from these projects. Additionally,  the research will identify potential new jobs and skills required in the 5 council areas that leverage the opportunities of the Inland Rail project and those opportunities arising from other major investments in the council areas.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.  Please click here to access the survey or scan the QR code. The survey closes on 16 October.

Manager Economic Development - Gunnedah Shire Council
ATO Webinar Series

Local businesses can now register to attend free Australian Tax Office (ATO) Small Business Webinars.

The webinars will run for an hour from 12pm to 1pm each Wednesday from October through early December:

  • 7/10/2020 – Starting a Small Business – register here
  • 14/10/2020 – Running a Home-Based Business – register here
  • 21/10/2020 – Budgeting for Your Commitments – register here
  • 28/10/2020 – Cash Flow for Small Business Success – register here
  • 4/11/2020 – Digital Options for Your Small Business – register here
  • 11/11/2020 – Tax Support for Small Business – register here
  • 18/11/2020 – Considering your small business viability – register here
  • 25/11/2020 – Closing Your Small Business – register here
  • 2/12/2020 – Hospitality: Recording Expenses (GST) – register here
  • 9/12/2020 – Hospitality: Recording Income (GST) – register here