Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Have your say to help steer Gunnedah’s economic future

Gunnedah Shire Council is planning for the economic future of Gunnedah Shire, and is seeking input from the community.

Council has commissioned consultants SC Lennon & Associations to prepare the Gunnedah Shire Economic Development Strategy 2021-25.

People who would like to help shape this new vision and framework for economic development can now fill in a survey – and go into the draw to win a $100 Gunny Money Gift Card.

The Gunnedah Shire Economic Development Strategy 2021-25 will focus on the things Council can do to help stimulate, attract and maintain business activity, investment and employment in the Shire.  It will guide the economic development roles and functions of Council. It will also provide Council with a blueprint to focus its support and promotion of economic development for the next four years.

The survey takes no more than five minutes to complete and is available at

Council’s Manager Economic Development Charlotte Hoddle said more than 50 people attended focus group workshops about the strategy last week, and about 50 people dropped in to a pop-up stall in Conadilly Street.

“We encourage as many people as possible to have a say in the development of our Shire,” Ms Hoddle said.

“Everyone has an interest in keeping our economy strong, whether it be from an employment perspective, a business perspective or they would like to ensure there is a variety of job opportunities for their children when they finish school.

“It’s easy to have your say and make sure it is heard by taking this quick survey.”

The survey closes on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Skills and Training Working Group Seeking Additional Community Representatives

Due to overwhelming community interest Council are seeking interest for Community Interest we have reopened applications for the Skills and Training Working Group. The new Skills and Training Working Group aims to build the Shire’s skills base and provide more local training opportunities.

The working group will facilitate greater collaboration between employers, vocational education providers and government, advocating for the communities skills and training needs.

Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey, Deputy Rob Hooke and Councillor Colleen Fuller have been nominated as Council’s representatives. They will be joined by several community representatives, including two from Gunnedah TAFE and two members of the Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce.

Council is currently seeking additional nominations for business and community representatives.

Representatives will be required to attend working group meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month at 3.00pm at the Gunnedah Shire Council Chambers in Elgin Street.

Applications for business representatives close at 5pm on Friday, December 4. The application form can be found here.