In mid December Mayor Anthony Marsh and representatives from the Shire's Community Strengthening team met with local small business leaders to identify key challenges and opportunities facing small businesses in the current climate.

A robust discussion facilitated by Tracee Hutchinson - award-winning broadcaster, journalist, presenter, creative producer, filmmaker and author with over 30 years experience at the highest level in Australian and international media - saw a wide ranging series of economic development themes explored and discussed. These included planning, communication, collaboration, staffing and product shortages, housing, utilities and transport, among others.

The issues and opportunities identified in these network conversations will be used to influence the development of the Shire's next Economic Development strategy.

The next network session is planned for February 2022 as part of a series of regular, ongoing communication and networking meetings between Shire and local business.