Draft strategy puts people at the heart of economic opportunity


The people of Newcastle are the centre of a new draft strategy that hopes to drive economic opportunities and the city’s recovery from COVID-19.

The Economic Development Strategy has been put together by City of Newcastle with extensive stakeholder and community engagement.

The process included targeted conversations with population groups most impacted by the COVID-19 economic recession, including young people and international students.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said it has been strengthened by this feedback, along with expert insights on global megatrends and contemporary economic development.

“As part of our commitment to creating strategies for the community to improve livelihood and wellbeing, we sought feedback through a community-wide survey, held workshops and had conversations with TAFE NSW, University of Newcastle, Hunternet and Hunter Young Professionals,” she said.

“By listening to a broad cross-section of our community, we have received valuable insights which contributed to building the new strategy and vision that puts people at the heart of our city’s economic opportunities.

“We believe that Newcastle and Hunter region’s economic future will be built on the talent, skills and ingenuity of our people.”

The vision for Newcastle is to strengthen existing and create new economic opportunities for all by investing in people, their skills, network, and investments.

The Economic Development Strategy’s delivery program highlights four priority areas including ‘Skilled People’, ‘Innovative People’, ‘City Shaping’ and ‘Vibrant City’ to make the vision a reality.

The delivery program will be inclusive and aims to provide a range of opportunities for locals, as well as attract new talent to the city where there are current or emerging skills gaps.

City of Newcastle will vote this evening to place the Economic Development Strategy on public exhibition from Thursday 25 February until Sunday 11 April 2021.

The community is encouraged to have its say online.

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