Murrumbidgee Council Outlook Bright

9 February, 2017 - Media Release

The Murrumbidgee Council area is a community bursting with untapped potential.

That was the message coming through loud and clear at Council’s Strategic Planning Workshop held on Tuesday 7 February in Coleambally.

According to Economic, Tourism and Community Development Manager Gerrie Carr-MacFie, who was the facilitator, it was an opportunity to discuss goals and future development for the region.

The planning workshop was attended by staff, the Administrator and all nine Local Representative Committee (LRC) members.

“It was about working together for one Murrumbidgee Council area, recognising that our three towns are individually unique and collectively powerful,” she said.

“Participation and collaboration was high. Everyone increased their understanding of neighbouring towns. Community development initiatives to address township specific challenges were explored.

“Participants came up with some big ticket ideas such as pursuing natural gas to townships to increase the prospects for business investment, and exploring provision of a major transport hub leveraged off the intersection of the Kidman Way and Sturt Highway at Waddi.”

Ms Carr-MacFie said the workshop confirmed the outlook for the region was extremely good.

“Participants brought fresh eyes and a fresh approach to community development proposals. They also looked beyond the boundaries of individual communities, exploring opportunities for value adding within the agricultural and tourism sectors, and for production of solar energy,” she said.

“We all agreed that we want to deepen business to business connection and transactions. Purchasing goods and services from within the Murrumbidgee Council area will help to retain and grow jobs.

“Everyone agreed the potential is certainly there for some exciting collaborations.”