Key leaders to create a powerful economic vision for Greater Bendigo
Key leaders from eight prominent organisations across the region have come together to form a new influential economic steering committee that will develop a shared vision for future growth and jobs.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke will chair the first Economic Development Statement and Strategy Steering Committee and the high profile panel will meet periodically over the next nine months.
The committee comprises City CEO Craig Niemann, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Managing Director Marnie Baker, Bendigo Health CEO Peter Faulkner, Coliban Water Managing Director Jeff Rigby, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation CEO Rodney Carter, CEO Be.Bendigo Dennis Bice, Chair of Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership Nigel McGuckian and Bendigo Education Chair and Marist College Principal Darren McGregor.
Cr O’Rourke said that all of the members will have collective ownership and responsibility for the development and delivery of an Economic Statement and Strategy to create the best possible economic outcomes for the Greater Bendigo region.
“This will be a shared vision that is ultimately about driving future jobs and growth over the next 10 years which is inclusive and fair, and in line with our Community Plan for all of our residents to live happy, healthy and prosperous lives.
“We need to understand what the Greater Bendigo region economy will look like in the next 10 years and how we can attract and create sustainable and diverse job opportunities. This development strategy will tackle many overarching issues such as youth unemployment, education and training and gaps in skills. We also need to be better informed on new work trends and future global market opportunities.
“All of the key organisations involved, led by the City, have important contributions and valuable perspectives on how best to increase prosperity and generate inclusive economic growth. This crosses municipal boundaries. There is no doubt that a collaborative plan of action will be a powerful strategic response,” Cr O’Rourke said.
The new statement and strategy will integrate core community plans and strategies including the City’s Community Plan 2017-2021 and One Planet Living Ten Principles. An advisory and reference group will also be set up comprising other health, education and industry groups.