Creating Opportunity to help Picton Thrive
Posted on: 07.07.2016
The local business community of Picton joined forces at the Revitalise Picton Business Workshop, on Tuesday 5 July, to conceptualise the future of Picton after the damaging storm event that occurred in June. Approximately 100 businesses, investors and property owners collaborated with Wollondilly Shire Council on ideas and actions to revitalise Picton in the coming weeks, months and years.
Despite the storm, Picton retains its charm and unique village setting close to Sydney. Last night confirmed that there is positive investor and business sentiment for Picton. The June 5 storm affected a significant number of businesses in the CBD and, now only a month after the storm, over 40 businesses have reopened, 23 are scheduled to open over the next few months.
The Revitalise Picton Business Workshop gave local businesses, investors and property owners the opportunity to provide Council with their ideas to revitalise Picton. Focus was placed on a staged approach with short term, mid-term and long term priorities. These were:
- Now (Short-Term): Supporting and Strengthening local business viability
- Next (Mid-Term): Securing Investor and Business Confidence
- Soon (Long-Term): Forward Thinking – Building Resilience
To foster the collaboration within the room, Kylie Legge from Sydney based consulting agency, Place Partners, shared case studies of how other disaster affected communities rebuilt their towns and economies. Then an independent facilitator, Deb Cameron of KJA, led the discussions and workshopped ideas around marketing initiatives, local events, activating tourism, future growth and long term support for businesses.
Ally Dench, Acting General Manager, stated, “Overall, the Revitalise Picton Business workshop highlighted the strength and resilience of the local business community and reinforced the determination to re-establish Picton as an economically viable township”.