pmhc_logo_VER_smallMINUTES                                                                                          Economic Development

                                                                                                          Steering Group Meeting

                                                                                                                                  04/12/2013

 

 

 

 PRESENT

 

Members:

 

Councillor Trevor Sargeant

Ross Cargill (Mid North Coast NSW Business Chamber)

Joy Corben (Port Macquarie-Hastings Education and Skills Forum)

Kathryn Balodis (Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association)

Anthony Thorne (Hastings Construction Industry Association Inc.)

Lisa McPherson (Chambers of Commerce in Port Macquarie & Wauchope)

John Saunders (Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

Haydn Oriti (Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce)

Jill Follington (Industry Mid North Coast)

 

 

Other Attendees:

 

Craig Swift-McNair (Director Commercial Services & Industry Engagement)

Liesa Davies (Group Manager Economic Development)

 

 

The meeting opened at 8.00am.

 

 

01       ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

The Acknowledgement of Country was delivered.

 

 

02       APOLOGIES

CONSENSUS:

That the apologies received from Councillor Peter Besseling (Mayor), Councillor Mike Cusato, Councillor Rob Turner, Dr. Muyesser Durur (Higher Education), Kelly Lamb (Hastings Business Women’s Network) and Tony Hayward (General Manager) be accepted.

 

 

03       CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

CONSENSUS:

1.         That the Minutes of the Economic Development Steering Group Meeting held on 30 October 2013 be confirmed.

2.         That the Minutes of the Extraordinary Economic Development Steering Group Meeting held on 6 November 2013 be confirmed.

 

 

04      DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

 

There were no disclosures of interest presented.

 

 

05       BUSINESS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES

 

CONSENSUS:

That all Business Arising Items be removed.

 

ITEM 08 - 07.08.2013 - PRIORITY INDUSTRY SECTORS

Please remove as it was incorporated into the Economic Development Outcomes and Actions Performance Measures.

 

ITEM 06 - 04.09.2013 - REVIEW OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES & ACTIONS

Please remove as the Economic Development Outcomes and Actions have been incorporated into the Economic Development Strategy.

 

ITEM 07 - 04.09.2013 - PERFORMANCE MEASURES AGAINST THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS

 

Please remove as the Performance Measures have been included in the Economic Development Strategy. 

 

ITEM 08 - 04.09.2013 - DRAFT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

 

This Item can be removed as this item was tabled at the meeting held on the 04.09.2013.

 

 

06       Implementation of the Economic Development Strategy

 

A general discussion about the plans for prioritisation and implementation of actions included in the Economic Development Strategy took place.

 

It was agreed that:

 

-          Outcome 1 - a plan for how we work to achieve this (to be reported to Council in February 2014) and in particular Action 3 regarding an effective inquiry management system for business and industry;

-          Business Confidence Survey  (to commence in February 2014);

-          Destination Management Plan;

-          Events Strategy;

-          Digital Strategy;

-          Development of Whole of Place Marketing Strategy.  (It was noted that in the final drafting of the Strategy, two actions in this regard were merged and the final action should have a deadline of 31 March 2014 for completion of the Whole of Place Marketing Strategy and collateral);

-          Economic Development information on new Council Website;

-          Commence planning our approach to development of industry action plans - in particular, working groups for the ‘actionable industries’ must be established;

 

It was also suggested that consideration should be given to:

 

-          Initial planning on how we undertake the infrastructure gap analysis;

-          Actions under the ‘Creating Vibrant and Desirable Places’ outcome  eg testing the ‘appetite’ within our towns and villages for defining their character;  Assessment of Economic Impact of the Port Macquarie Town Centre Masterplan model to assist with discussion on this approach with Wauchope and Laurieton.

 

It was also noted that there is a typographical error in the final Strategy document that needs to be corrected.

 

 

07       Economic Development Funding

 

The Economic Development Steering Group discussed the current and future level of funding for economic development and tourism. 

 

The Economic Development Steering Group suspect that there may not be the resources within Council’s Economic Development Team to deliver on the actions and are keen for Council to ensure that adequate funding and resources are provided for 2014/2015 and beyond.

 

 

08       Draft Destination Management Plan

 

The Economic Development Steering Group discussed the Draft Destination Management Plan. 

 

It was noted that the Draft Destination Management Plan is not a marketing plan and was never meant to be and that the document should state this categorically.

 

CONSENSUS:

 

The Draft Destination Management Plan is to go the December 2013 Council meeting for placing on public exhibition. 

 

 

09       Draft Events Strategy

 

The Economic Development Steering Group discussed the Draft Events Strategy.

 

CONSENSUS:

 

The Economic Development Steering Group Members are to come back to Liesa Davies, Group Manager of Economic Development within the next week with any feedback.

 

 

10       GENERAL BUSINESS

Nil.

 

 

The meeting closed at 10.00am.