Businesses continue to thrive in Maitland

Businesses continue to thrive in Maitland

Earlier this week I attended the Business Leaders Lunch at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. The lunch always proves to be a great opportunity to network with business leaders in Maitland and discuss all the different issues that they face every day.

We heard from Council’s General Manager David Evans, who spoke about where Maitland is positioned regionally and what Council’s plan is for managing the growth of the city’s economy. He also spoke about the draft Delivery Program 2018-2021 and Operational Plan 2018/19, which was received very positively.

Council is working towards improving business in Maitland and David touched on four key initiatives that will help business development in our city. These initiatives include developing an Economic Development Strategy with a theme of smart cities, continuing to explore a Maitland urban renewal pilot project, developing partnerships with businesses to encourage the use of Brand Maitland, and reviewing and aligning the Urban Settlement Strategy. These are all important to economic growth.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Council’s plan for the next three years you can view the draft Delivery Program here. You’ll also be able to provide feedback on the draft plan up until Sunday 27 May.

Wednesday was an overwhelmingly positive experience and I had the opportunity to talk to a number of local businesses and property owners. Similarly, it was also pleasing to read the article this week in The Mercury about how well some of the traders at The Levee are doing at the moment. There is a positive feel about the place and it is great to see confidence from local business owners about the future of our wonderful city.

Maitland is the state’s fastest growing non metro area and I think we can all be very proud of that. It means we have further opportunities to strengthen our economy, which means more opportunities for business owners, more options for shoppers and more jobs locally for our residents. Our city is experiencing a purple patch of growth at the moment and I’m excited to see how we can all take advantage of this to make our city the best it can be.