Economic Development Strategy 2020
Wollondilly Shire Council is seeking feedback on its draft Economic Development Strategy which is on Public Exhibition until Wednesday, 17 June 2020.
The focus of the Economic Development Strategy is to set out a clear pathway to build the local economy and create thousands of local jobs over the coming years, to benefit all of the community. With the Wollondilly Shire now one of the fastest growing local government areas in New South Wales, expected to reach almost 100,000 people by 2041, the goal of the strategy is to support specific growth opportunities and create 15,000 jobs for local residents.
Wollondilly has a very high 73% of resident workers that have to leave the Shire for work every day. There is a need for thousands more new jobs in the area to improve the quality of life for residents and support growth as well as to help the Shire recover from the significant recent impacts of bushfire, flood and COVID-19.
We need about 15,000 new jobs across the Shire in the next 20 years so we can lower the rate of residents having to leave the Shire for work, build better lives for our residents and boost our local economy. The strategy will support the generation of new employment, with a proactive approach toward economic development and to take up the opportunities that are available to achieve job growth.
Our proximity to Sydney and the new Airport, our amazing natural environment, unique towns and villages and existing agricultural production give us a competitive advantage for the future. Since the previous Economic Development Strategy was adopted in 2015, major changes in the region have impacted the local economy including the new Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis, the Agribusiness Precinct, the proposed M9 Corridor, the Western Sydney City Deal, as well as impacts of COVID-19.
Wollondilly is well placed to take advantage of some of these changes including unique industry growth opportunities in areas such as agri-business, tourism, healthcare, industry and professional services. The next 20 years will be pivotal in the history of Wollondilly and Council has a crucial role to play to make sure that the future is bright for residents, businesses and visitors.
Click here to download the Economic Development Strategy 2020.
Feedback on the Draft Economic Development Strategy can be made by email or post before Close of Business (COB) Wednesday, 17 June 2020.
The Chief Executive Officer – C/- Tourism, Innovation and Business Investment Department
Wollondilly Shire Council
PO Box 21
Picton NSW 2571