Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed Council’s adoption of its Business Assistance Policy, saying it ensures the foundations are in place to take the Shire economy forward and realise emerging opportunities.
Councillor Hope said the policy’s objective is providing the framework for the provision of funding and in-kind assistance to new and existing businesses in order to:
- Attract and assist new business to establish in the Liverpool Plains Shire;
- Support existing businesses to build business management capacity;
- Encourage and assist existing business to undertake initiatives to expand, diversify and
- or ensure sustainability;
- Support and facilitate workforce attraction and retention initiatives;
- Facilitate and achieve sector-specific economic growth objectives in the Liverpool Plains Shire;
- Capitalise on opportunities and address identified challenges specific to industry sectors in the Liverpool Plains Shire; and
- Ensure a streamlined approach to receiving, evaluating and determining applications made under Council’s Business Assistance Program known as the Liverpool Plains Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP).
“The adoption of this policy follows a lot of developmental work by Council’s Economic Development Team including consultation with Council’s Business Advisory Group, the Liverpool Plains Chamber of Commerce and other interested parties. Last year, the draft policy was on public exhibition for 28 days and submissions encouraged. Economic development in LPS requires collaboration with, and support and investment from, a diverse range of stakeholders, including our local communities. This process will continue as the project is progressively implemented,” he said.
“This is part of a bigger vision which is largely enunciated in the LPS Economic Development Strategy, a legislated, public document which can be found on Council’s Website, www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, click on My Council and then Council Plans and Reports. The Business Assistance program is found at My Council then Council Policies,” he continued.
“A strong vision has been developed for the Shire and Council has a positive, can-do attitude team focused on removing barriers, problem-solving and improving the economic wellbeing of the community, through efforts focused on strengthening local businesses, attracting investment and creating jobs,” Councillor Hope concluded.