Business confidence high

Coleambally Community Bank manager Chris Noack congratulates Claire Walsh on the opening of her new business Claire’s Picture Framing.

Media release: 18 April 2017

There is a definite buzz in the business community across the Murrumbidgee Council area as signs of a strengthening economy become apparent.

In Jerilderie work on Wunnamurra Estate Stage 2 is ramping up. Thirty-three new blocks are about to hit the market, and Murrumbidgee Council General Manager Craig Moffitt is optimistic the investment will stimulate residential and economic growth.

“One third of residential blocks in the Jerilderie estate have already been sold off-the-plan, and the buyers are keen to commence building. This is a great stimulus to our regional economy,” Mr Moffitt said.

“In Darlington Point we have just started a Land Planning process that will see Council prepare for new growth. It is hoped this will stimulate residential development and free up some land for light industrial use in the northern reaches of the Council area.”

It’s not only the solid prospects for residential development that is contributing to the vibrancy of the three townships in Murrumbidgee Council area.

Council’s Economic, Tourism and Community Development Manager Gerrie Carr-MacFie, advises the retail sector is improving.

A recent survey of Coleambally main street businesses indicated a positive outlook in what Carr-MacFie calls a ‘micro-boom’.

“A new business in Art Framing and supplies has now opened in Coleambally. This means the Brolga Place shopping precinct will be 100 per cent occupied,” Ms Carr-MacFie said

“A niche butchery, coffee shops, haberdashery and supermarket add to the buzz.  And in Jerilderie confidence can be seen in the re-brand and investment in the local Pharmacy as it increases services under the Terry White Chemmart brand.

“In Jerilderie the IGA Supermarket is leading the confidence charge, with expanded week-end trading hours, the services of an -in-house butcher, and increased staffing levels. These are very positive signs for our communities.”

Mr Moffitt has welcomed the increase in economic activity.

“Murrumbidgee means business. Council is taking a proactive approach to working with existing businesses, and in attracting new investment. We have some exciting prospects in solar energy and bio-mass emerging. So watch this space, Murrumbidgee is moving forward,” Mr Moffitt said.