The Mayor Cr Justin King has announced his intention for the Council to develop a five year plan to encourage job creation and business diversity in Benalla Rural City.
The plan called Benalla 2021, which will be launched in February 2016, will bring together local businesses and people from the community to develop a five year targeted plan for jobs creation.
“The time is right for us to be calling together the local experts in job creation, our businesses and industries, to work with us on producing this five year plan,” said Cr King.
“The plan will acknowledge the vital importance of business growth and investment, which in turn creates the jobs of the future.
“The initiative will continue to build on the BEAR (Business Expansion and Attraction) program and Jobs and Skills drives, their successes and the lessons we have learned from them.
“This is the culmination of years of strategic work by the Council, which has invested significantly in creating the right environment for business investment and job creation, through the development of the Business and Tourism Growth Strategy, the Business Growth (Enterprise Park) Project, and the development of master plan for the Benalla Airport,” he said.
“My vision is for Benalla Rural City to have a diverse and sustainable economy where we aren’t relying on a few large employers, and where people are confident they will be able to find work in their own community.
The next step will be for the Council to formally invite people to participate in the development of a plan. The planning process is expected to take six months, with a final proposal to be put before the Council in February 2016.
“The Council is in a unique position to bring together representatives from all sectors of the community to contribute their ideas and add their energy,” Cr King said.