This week has seen the Hilltops Council engaging with developers who are looking at expanding and or bringing their businesses to the Hilltops Region.
Despite the rhetoric and misinformed opinion of a very small minority, the Hilltops Region is sparking the interest and confidence of established businesses to expand and new businesses to relocate to the region.
There are extensive opportunities to sell our region and promote our communities as a place to visit, live, work and invest in.
These possibilities will be pursued and will involve the whole Hilltops Community.
There is no doubt that Council plays a major role in influencing the economic prospects of individual communities and the region as a whole.
It is important that we ensure a holistic approach that involves all aspects of Council business; community planning, environmental planning, infrastructure planning, corporate planning and, importantly, urban planning and development.
We must ensure we are pursuing business information and support within the region, the promotion of the region and the place making aspects of development.
Like it or not the merger is here to stay and it will be what we make it; nothing will be achieved through continued negativity.
As a new Council there is a strong need to build an organisation that people have confidence in both from the perspective of our existing residents and those considering relocating their business and families.
Let’s turn our heads to the front and together we can build a region that enables opportunity, diversity and prosperity.
Wendy Tuckerman is the appointed administrator of Hilltops Council, the amalgamated body of the former Young, Harden and Boorowa Shire councils.
Once elected, Hilltops Council will comprise 11 Councillors elected proportionally as a single ward.
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