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Media Release – 14 November 2023 – Hilltops Council Seeks Community Input for New Economic Development Strategy

Nov 14, 2023

To support local businesses and to assist the Hilltops economy in recovering from the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the current economic crisis, Hilltops Council is preparing a new Economic Development Strategy that will focus on supporting economic activity and stimulating growth in the Hilltops region over the next five years.

Council understands the crucial role the community plays in revitalising the region and invites residents, business owners, and stakeholders to actively participate in shaping this strategy. By sharing your insights, you contribute to the formulation of a comprehensive plan to support economic well-being and enhance the quality of life in the Hilltops community.

Key Objectives of the Economic Development Strategy:

  • Support local businesses facing challenges such as reduced sales, supply chain disruptions, and staffing issues.
  • Provide a framework for growth and attract new investments, residents, and skilled staff.
  • Address the unique economic challenges and opportunities within the Hilltops region.

The Hilltops Community can contribute to the formation of the new Economic Development Strategy by attending an Economic Development Strategy Workshop:

Boorowa Ex-Services & Citizens Club

55/59 Pudman Street, Boorowa

Tuesday 21 November 2023

7:30 am – 8:45 am

Young Services Club

42 Cloete Street, Young

Wednesday 22 November 2023

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Jackson’s Bakery, Harden

11 East Street, Harden

Thursday 23 November 2023

7:30 am – 8:45 am

Light refreshments will be available at all workshops.

Alternatively, the community is encouraged to complete the Economic Development Strategy Survey. The online survey is an opportunity to share your perspectives on the region’s needs and potential prospects. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Scan the below QR Code to participate. The submission deadline for completing the survey is 5 December 2023.

The new Economic Development Strategy will be developed in consultation with Jenny Rand, an industry expert with over thirty years of experience in tourism, hospitality, recreation, planning, and property sectors at local, regional, and state levels.

For those unable to attend workshops, Jenny Rand is available for direct consultation. Contact her at 0411 782 700 or via email at

Hilltops Council looks forward to your active participation in shaping a resilient and thriving future for our local community.


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