Message from the Mayor: Our Future Camden

Camden’s growth landscape provides significant opportunity to develop a vibrant and flourishing local economy that will benefit current and future populations of the area. Council is committed to taking a more active role in the economic development of Camden, this commitment began with the adoption of the Economic Development Strategy just over a year ago, the employment of the Economic Development Officer and many other economic development initiatives during the first year of this journey. Camden Council recognises the local small business sector as a vital contributor to our community and economy, and Council is working towards becoming more business friendly.
Council has listened to your views during a two month period on the proposed works which will transform the Camden Town Centre as a destination to visit, shop and do business, yet also highlight the historic characteristics which give the Town Centre its personality and charm. Over 600 submissions were received during the exhibition period and extensive consultation was conducted with community members through a number of community forums and events. A third and final community workshop was held on 3 November which involved community discussion of the vision, strategy and initiatives framework based on the retail and commercial study and informed by the community responses to the exhibition. I encourage you to read more about this project in this newsletter.
During the month of September, Camden Council actively promoted and provided a range of exciting and well attended business related events and training to the Camden business community in our inaugural Business Month Program. Major events during the month included the Mayoral launch of Business Month at a luncheon on 4 September with NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Cartwright as the guest speaker, and breakfast with The Hon Mike Baird, NSW Premier coordinated by the Narellan Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Chris Patterson MP for Camden and Camden Council. Camden Council will continue to support local business to accessing professional training and business advice on a regular basis, with next year’s business month set to be bigger and better than our inaugural business month program.
Camden Council has recently joined the ground-breaking Small Business Friendly Councils Program (SBFC), launched on 17 September by the Minister for Local Government, The Hon. Paul Toole MP. Through this program, Camden Council has demonstrated a commitment to work effectively and collaboratively with small business operators and their employees in the Camden Local Government Area. Council recognises and values how important the local small business sector is to the community.

Over the next twelve months we will review our procedures and practices in dealing with small businesses and explore new initiatives so that we can help to deliver the best outcomes possible for our small business operators.
Economic growth and prosperity are the keys to shaping a better quality of life for the entire Camden community. By working together we can make sure the future of the Camden region is bright and sustainable.

Lara Symkowiak