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The team at MidCoast Council is excited to announce that the towns of Wingham and Gloucester both received a $50,000 grant in the NSW Government’s $1 million Future Towns Program.
The aim of the Future Towns Program is to support regional towns and their small businesses to become digital ready and consider innovative ways to undertake place activation in main streets; support economic growth through business facilitation and mentoring and; create the environmental conditions for economic growth.
Wingham and Gloucester were two of just 20 towns chosen to participate in the program and the MidCoast Council team will now continue work closely with key stakeholders in these communities to get their projects underway.
“We have already been working closely with the Chamber of Commerce in both Wingham and Gloucester to identify key priorities moving forward and we will continue to develop these ideas and projects with the community in the coming weeks,” said Deb Tuckerman, MidCoast Council’s Manager Growth, Economic Development and Tourism.
In the early discussions, it has been identified that Wingham’s preferred Future Towns project is ‘place activation’ in the CBD, which enable the community to develop a place-making strategy for the town, develop a priority action list and undertake these initiatives to make the town centre more vibrant.
With over 60 Gloucester businesses taking part in a business expansion survey last year which identified a need for training in digital marketing campaigns and online tools, Gloucester’s project preference is ‘digital readiness’, which will involve implementing digital training programs for local businesses.
Find out how you can become involved in the Wingham Future Towns project by contacting Simon Brown from the Chamber of Commerce on 0429 151 853 and for the Gloucester project, contact the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre on 6538 5253.