BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

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Minutes of Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

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Sustainable economY Committee Meeting

 

 

 

Venue

Conference Room, Station Street, Mullumbimby

Date

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Time

9.30am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL

                                                                                                                              13.11 - Attachment 2

Minutes of the Byron Shire Council Sustainable Economy Advisory Committee Meeting held on 4 June, 2015

 

PRESENT:   Cr  Alan Hunter, Cr Basil Cameron,

 

Members:     Damian Antico (Member for Tourism)

                     Keith Byrne (Member for Agriculture/ Food Production)

                     Ajay McFadden (Member for Creative Industries)

                     Rob Doolan (Member for Business Services)

                     Dr Meredith Wray (Member for Education)

                     John Hertzberg (Community Member)

                     Nicole Reeve (Community Member)

                     Theodore Kabbout (Community Member)

                    

Staff:            Jane Laverty

                     Joanne McMurtry

                     Shannon Burt

                     Ken Gainger

                     Noreen Scott (minute taker)

 

 

Cr Hunter (Chair in the absence of the Mayor and an appointed Chair) opened the meeting at 9.38 am and acknowledged that the meeting is being held on Arakwal Country and that we pay our respects to the elders past and present and extend our respect to the Bundjalung clans whose lands and waters are part of the Shire.

 

1.       APOLOGIES: Cr Simon Richardson, Cr Sol Ibrahim, Gavin Brown (Arakwal representative), Dr Charlie Zammit (Member for Environment)

           

 

2.       CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

 

Nil – this is the first meeting of the Sustainable Economy Committee.

 

3.       INDUCTION SESSION

 

Round the table introductions were held.

 

An induction session included an overview of Work, Health and Safety with regard to committee members being volunteers of Council (a PCBU) and emergency procedures appropriate for the Conference meeting room.

 

The Sustainable Economy Committee Terms of Reference were reviewed and the following two recommendations made.

 

Council’s Code of Conduct was reviewed and questions answered. Committee members table their signed code of conduct forms.

 

Committee Recommendation 3.1

 

That the Sustainable Economy  Committee recommend to Council that Cr Simon Richardson be nominated as Chair.

(Cameron / Kabbout)

 

In Cr Richardson absence for today, Deputy Mayor Cr Hunter to Chair this meeting.

Committee Recommendation 3.2

 

That the Sustainable Economy committee recommend to Council that in the Terms of Reference on Page 3, bullet point 4, that the word ‘advice’ be included so the point reads; “Providing advice and assistance with implementation of strategies and actions within the Byron Shire Economic Development Strategy, the Tourism Management Plan, Events Strategy and any other plans relevant to the Economic Development & Tourism unit of Council”.

(Cameron/Wray)

 

4.       BSC STRATEGIC PLANS OVERVIEW AND THE ROLE OF THE SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY COMMITTEE

 

Staff presented an overview of roles of the Sustainable Economy committee and BSC Strategic Plans including:

·    Integrated Planning (Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program, Operational Plan and supporting strategies)

·    Plans already completed: Tourism Management Plan and Destination Management Plan

·    Plans underway: Economic Development Strategy, Employment Lands Strategy, Events Policy and Events Strategy.

 

 

5.       ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - CURRENT PROJECTS AND PRIORITIES

                          

Staff presented an overview of current projects and priorities that are currently underway, including:

 

Economic Development:

·    Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan

·    Byron Shire Economic Development Strategy

·    Business Retention/ Expansion – point of contact, five Chambers of Commerce, business roundtables

·    Industry development Projects – Clusters and Industrial lands

·    Misc – Vibrant Byron Bay (night-time economy strategy); Byron data dashboard

 

Tourism:

·    Byron Greeters Program – visitor services strategy implementation

·    Byron Green Keys – business sustainability program

·    Byron Trails – product development/ funding

·    Stakeholder development – Destination Byron, Byron Visitor Centre, Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre, North Coast Destination Network, Destination NSW

·    Misc – Freedom Camping; Voluntary Visitor Contribution Fund

 

Events and Grants:

·    Events Strategy and Events policies

·    Events Toolkit – process review

·    Event Development – point of contact

·    Grants process and submission development

·    Misc – I-Manifest (youth/industry); Community Bike program

 

Making Things Happen – Volunteer and Partnerships Program (pamphlet tabled)

·    Catalyst projects – training and skills and innovation

·    Activation – placemaking and creativity

·    Community – spaces and beautification

6.   INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS - CHALLENGES, PRIORITIES, SOLUTIONS

 

The SEC Committee contributed their current views on the economic development challenges, priorities and solutions for the Shire, as outlined below.

 

Challenges

Selling a different Byron (not the party town)

Funds for tourism management

How to tap into the ‘riches of the Shire’ – creating value

Black market – cash work, housing, etc

Locals ‘belonging’ – workers that work elsewhere not belonging

Rate of change – eg sharing economy

Dispersal – regional partnerships

Public transport

Land development – ‘intelligent’

Housing availability/affordability

Large scale industrial land needed – support for our strengths

Leadership

Skilled workforce (many travel elsewhere)/ local capacity building

Research needed – creative economy, digital technology uptake

Connection between tourism, creative industries and food (currently operate in silo’s)

Opportunities

Education growth (private sector)

Silver tsunami (health)

Solutions

Grants – do better, investment ready, matching dollars needed

Medium term solutions

Emerging – health and wellness sector

Public private partnerships

Promotion as food destination – pop up restaurants

Focus on strengths

Purpose-built facilities - education food labs/ cluster/ production of ‘clean and green’ food

Masterplan place building to support creative economy

Ecology – promote fauna

 

7.       NEXT MEETING

 

The 2015 Sustainable Economy Committee meetings are scheduled as follows:

 

·    Thursday 3 September

·    Thursday 5 November

 

Apologies for the next meeting from Rob Doolan and John Hertzberg

 

 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 1:30pm.