The first draft of the Peri Urban Group of Rural Council (PUGRC) Economic Development Strategy is close to being finalised.
The draft was developed and is currently being reworked to take into consideration ideas from all PUGRC member Councils.
“This is a substantive piece of work that has taken two years to complete and is the first time this form of analysis has been attempted, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, to assess our region’s economic, social and environmental wellness,” Moorabool CEO Derek Madden said.
This report aims to highlight all the current social, economic and environmental barriers to broad based economic development for all PUGRC members Councils.
“It outlines how we need to protect our main industries from the effects of climate change such as extreme fire events we experienced last summer and explores why as a region and group of Councils we need better medical care with high levels of suicide, cancer and road deaths, and how that may impact on inward migration, a key economic driver.,” Mr Madden said.
Moorabool Shire, along with some of the other Peri-Urban Councils have approved the initial draft of the strategy and are working with the other Peri-Urban Councils to finalise this key economic strategic document so it can be submitted to Regional Councils Victoria as soon as practicable.
“This document will become an important part of the way the PUGRC advocates in the coming years to ensure our community’s concerns are heard and acted upon by the State and Federal Government,” Mr Madden said.
The PUGRC acknowledged and thanked Rural Councils Victoria and the Victorian Planning Authority for their contributions to the strategy.