Economic Development Gains Momentum

Benefits of Economic Development

Members of the Chamber Economic Development Committee met with BVSC on October 30 2020.

Attendees

Chamber: Matt Sierp, John Stylianou, John Watkin

Council: Russell Fitzpatrick (Mayor), Leanne Barnes (General Manager), Chris Horsburgh (Project Lead RRR)

Some of the issues the Chamber wanted to discuss with Council included:

Indoor Sports Stadium

Grant received $8.5 million

Council have put out to tender for companies to design and construct.

The Chamber presented the idea of moving the stadium to a greenfield site (namely the old racecourse). While they did not discount the idea there are the obvious flood issues.

They also flagged there maybe issues with the funding being allocated to the current site.

Also, problems with grant funding, start date requirements.

Industrial Land

Council agree that there is a need for industrial land.

Council indicated that they were in talks with three landowners about the possibility of creating more Industrial land.

The Mayor indicated that there was an expectation of progress within the next three weeks.

Future Business Opportunities

There was general discussion around the possible business opportunities that the Chamber has discussed.

Equine – expanding on the current equine activities.

Education – building on existing strong education base

Renewable Energy – Expand and take advantage of current momentum

Regenerative farming(circular economy) – new and evolving rethinking of farming practices

Following the meeting it was generally agreed that we seek a meeting with Andrew Constance to discuss moving the stadium to a green field site.

Also, to make contact with landowners to discuss potential plans to sell or develop as industrial land.

Carparking

Expectation that work was going to commence immediately on the Auckland Street parking area.

The Mayor further expressed that the parking area in Littleton Gardens adjacent to Dan Murphy’s will not become more green space.

Future meetings

On the suggestion of regular meeting, maybe every three months; the Mayor suggested more often.