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Aims to boost night-time economy with ‘Business First’ Strategy
Following a motion by Deputy Mayor Sam Elmir at the Georges River Councilandnbsp;meeting on Monday 26 August, a report on a andlsquo;Business Firstandrsquo; Strategy is to beandnbsp;developed by Council that will explore ways of supporting, encouraging andandnbsp;attracting new investment and local jobs. Councillor Elmir said the Strategy would also provide support for activities that willandnbsp;help create a broad-based night-time economy in the local area. andldquo;Itandrsquo;s important that we identify activities that can boost our night-time economy, andandnbsp;whether Council can take economic or other actions or investments to facilitate this,andrdquo;andnbsp;said Cr Elmir. andldquo;We also want to introduce a fast-track approval system for establishment of smallandnbsp;businesses, including commercial fit-outs, food premises, small bars and signageandnbsp;and other opportunities which remove red tape and streamline the process for startups. andldquo;We want to reduce the time, cost and complexity of processes for people who wantandnbsp;to get their businesses up and running,andrdquo; added Cr Elmir. Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that the report will also look at aandnbsp;city marketing and advocacy program, as well as what key strategic partnershipsandnbsp;should be developed to position Georges River as a leading council in Greaterandnbsp;Sydney. andldquo;We are keen to attract government investment in the area, focusing onandnbsp;infrastructure that will support our community, and potentially providing a new homeandnbsp;for government departments,andrdquo; said Mayor Greene. andldquo;Ensuring a prosperous and successful Georges River business community willandnbsp;inevitably have a positive impact throughout our vibrant city. andldquo;Council is striving to build local jobs for local people, and make the Georges Riverandnbsp;an attractive and healthy place to work live and invest in, and by growing aandnbsp;progressive, innovative, diverse and productive economy we are far more likely toandnbsp;succeed,andrdquo; added Mayor Greene.