(For details of the revised 2031 list, click here.)
Consulting with Interim Sector Groups
Specific ideas about how to achieve the 2031+ goals for each sector were then sought from Chambers of Commerce members, Council Committees, and Council staff.
About 120 new project ideas were received.
Ten Sector Workshops were then held to discuss how well these new project ideas aligned with the intent of the 2031+ Community Plan.
Overall, more than 100 people attended the Sector Group meetings. Several people attended multiple meetings, including members of our regional Chambers of Commerce.
Project ideas were combined. Different groups discussing the same ideas in the same Sector ended up with different priorities. Some ideas didn’t make it through.
A key assumption during the consultation process was that Private Sector investors are the most likely source of future project funding i.e. where possible, projects would need to be funded by commercially viable partnerships.
Economic Summit (June 2015)
The idea to hold a regional Economic Summit was originally proposed by the Moss Vale Chamber of Commerce, and subsequently embraced by the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce. The Wingecarribee Shire Council facilitated the event on behalf of the community.
The Economic Summit was held at Chevalier College in June 2015. A key result was a list of prioritised projects within each Sector. Over 100 people attended the event, with about 70 people signing up to progress projects on an ongoing basis.
For businesses, the Economic Summit was a great way to see what future products and services the community is likely to be seeking.
For non-business people, the Economic Summit was an excellent opportunity to directly influence how and what our community achieves by 2031.
The original 120 project ideas were reduced to 35 Short Term/High Priority projects.
These projects could collectively increase the GDP of the region by $1b by 2031 – about a 50% increase.
Economic Summit Follow-up (July 2015)
A follow-up meeting for all Sector groups was held in July at Bradman Museum in Bowral. Over 100 people attended this event, including people who had been unable to attend the Economic Summit due to work commitments.
To help clarify available government based funding, Federal, State and Local Government funding options were presented to the meeting, as well as information about the Destination NSW Tourism Strategy.
The Economic Framework was also modified to include 10 sectors, rather than the original 8, to reflect evolving community priorities.