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
Gunnedah focuses on building skills for the future

Gunnedah Shire Council has drafted the Gunnedah Shire Workforce Plan (2020-24) to help ensure a skilled workforce and local educational opportusnities into the future.

The Gunnedah Shire Workforce Plan has been developed in conjunction with workforce and education stakeholders to pinpoint the areas where there are labour shortages and find solutions.

The plan is now on public exhibition and can be viewed at Click on Council: What We Do and then Draft Documents and Exhibition (under The Future of Gunnedah).

A report to Council this week stated Gunnedah Shire, like many places in regional Australia, was facing a skilled labour shortage.

The plan sets objectives to ensure Gunnedah Shire has high quality local skills that are accessible and responsive to the needs of employers and employees. It aims to assist in diversifying the economy by providing training opportunities to diversify the skill set of residents.

The plan recognises the critical role employment plays in growth and productivity of the Shire.