Following on from a previous Business Connection event that looked at sparking creative ideas to activate our central business district, community members out into the streets at the Business Connections: CBD Walkabout.
Community members are invited to join the roving discussion about the possibilities for our CBD, starting and finishing at the Goods Shed, from 4pm, this Wednesday afternoon.
The previous CBD Revitalisation Business Connection session used a creative process to explore ways to increase foot traffic, attract new activities to fill vacant premises and increase the turnover and viability of existing businesses in the town centre.
Shire President Sarah Stanley said the Business Connection series was part of broader efforts to diversify Collie’s economy to ensure it had a sustainable future.
“Our central business district plays an important role as the face of our town for visitors and residents alike, as well as contributing to our economy and providing jobs,” Cr Stanley said.
“This first session was just the first step in an exciting process to look at our CBD with new eyes. I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas are sparked when businesses and property owners come together and work collaboratively to find ways to revitalise our town centre for the benefit of all.”
Some of the ideas generated included the use of art to beautify and re-purpose uninviting spaces, re-designing traffic flow and land uses, shared spaces and resources, promoting Collie’s unique identity, and the quirky use of technological solutions.
The Shire of Collie is working collaboratively with other stakeholders, including the State government, South West Development Commission, Collie Chamber of Commerce, Collie Visitor Centre, Ngalang Boodja, Collie River Valley Marketing, industry representatives, unions and interested community members as part of its economic development efforts.
For more information, or to RSVP for this session, contact the Shire on 9734 9000.