Kyogle retail shop owner Laura Faucher will head one of the focus groups that look at the economic development in Kyogle.
Kyogle retail shop owner Laura Faucher will head one of the focus groups that look at the economic development in Kyogle. JAY CRONAN

Mapping Kyogle's future

KYOGLE’S future economic development will be explored through a series of workshops to be held this month.

Kyogle Community Economic Development Committee is asking for input to help develop a vision for an economically sustainable community.

“It’s a chance for the community to shape the future of the area,” Kyogle retailer Laura Faucher said.

Ms Faucher, who owns Laura M Fashion in Kyogle’s CBD, said she saw Kyogle’s future as a place where consumers could find good quality products.

Information gathered at the workshops, paid for by Kyogle Council and Industry & Investment NSW, will be presented to the council to assist it to draft an economic development policy, Sustaining Kyogle project co-ordinator George Morrow said.

“We should get a fairly broad spectrum of views,” he said.

One question, Mr Morrow said, was ‘what type of jobs should be created in Kyogle for future generations’.

Mr Morrow said that without an economic development policy, industry andinvestors would be uncertain about committing to Kyogle’s growth. Getting assistance from the State and Federal governments for infrastructure would be also difficult without a plan.

Some of the other questions participants will be asked to give feedback on are: what industry sectors should be grown; what new investments in skills and training should be made; how can Kyogle lead in the creation and growth of sustainable industries; and how can Kyogle work with other regions on sustainable economicdevelopment.

The workshops are open to the public, but have been divided into specific categories.The first workshop, for manufacturing, construction, wholesale, retail, professional services and tourism, will be held at the Kyogle Bowling Club, on Tuesday, February 9, at 6pm.

A workshop for residents west of the range will be held at Woodenbong Memorial Hall, on Wednesday, February 24, at 6.30pm.

For information on times and locations for the other workshops, view the Kyogle Council’s newsletter, which can be downloaded from the council’s website www.kyogle.nsw.gov.au



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