Work with what we have

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and NSC Economic Development Manager Peter Dale.

Narrandera Shire Council Economic Development Manager Peter Dale gave a presentation on economic development in Narrandera, opening with a quote from Teddy Roosevelt: Do what you can with what you have, where you are.

“I think this approach is something we can learn from in Narrandera,” Mr Dale said. “We don’t always have the resources that some of the bigger communities have. We’ve got to work with what we have.”

Mr Dale was speaking at a Narrandera Shire Council sponsored breakfast meeting of the Narrandera Business Group on Tuesday morning as part of Local Government Week. He drew attention to the efforts of individuals within the Narrandera community, including people who used drone footage to promote the town on YouTube.

“Look at what these people have done with these videos, beaming Narrandera out into the online stratosphere. These are valuable anchors to Narrandera.”

The focus of the presentation was the State Government- assisted promotion of the Red Hill industrial estate.

“We want big business to come to Narrandera, because big business means employment in the town and that means more money and more development in the town,” Mr Dale said.

“This is all about opportunity. It’s not only my responsibility or the General Manager’s or the councillors. It’s the whole community.

“People in the business community who may know other individuals, people involved in businesses that want to expand or relocate. Use it as an opportunity to suggest Narrandera. We have lots of land at the Red Hill industrial estate.”

General Manager George Cowan introduced Mr Dale, and spoke about their focus on Narrandera’s economy.

“We were very fortunate to have Peter come and work with us earlier this year. We are trying everything possible to stimulate the economy,” Mr Cowan said.

“Right now we’re looking at the events that happen in the community. They are an opportunity to bring money from outside the town and into the community. A good example of this is the Rod Run. We worked hard with that committee to try to improve this year’s event, and we’re trying to work with them again for next year. We’d like to try and improve crowd numbers.”

Mr Cowan also discussed an upcoming forum on the pig industry.

“We’re asking for farming communities to look at possibilities for small, medium and large scale industry. I think this is something we could also investigate down the road with poultry. We’ve had the opportunity to visit ProTen. Four million chickens is a lot of feathers, and a lot of employment.”

According to Mr Cowan, the greatest advantage to Narrandera’s economic development would be the approval and restoration of the Narrandera-Tocumwal rail link. The report into the economic development and feasibility of the rail line will be finalised in the coming weeks. Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, was also at the presentation. Ms Cooke spent most of Tuesday in Narrandera.

“Narrandera is the place that my diary reflects I visit the most. It’s wonderful that you have a council who are promoting opportunity every way they can.” Ms Cooke also asked people to approach her, or call her office, if there were any impediments to business that the State Government could assist with.

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