Business Strategies


Economic Development Strategy

This strategy was adopted at Council on 24 March 2020 (Council also adopted the Tourism and Events Strategy). The strategy provides a clear economic development vision and action plan for Central Goldfields Shire that builds on existing strengths and is responsive to local conditions and aspirations.

As well as providing a platform for securing strategic investment and partnerships, it is intended that the strategy will takes a ‘bottom up’ economic development approach by identifying ways to support start-ups and small businesses to thrive. An inclusive approach that helps the whole community to participate in, and benefit from, a growing economy is also a key aspect of the process.

Many of the actions in the strategy will be crucial in enabling Council to assist the Central Goldfields economy to recover and provide new opportunities as we emerge from the current crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Council’s Economic Development Unit is reviewing the priorities in the strategy’s Action Plan to assess whether these need to be varied in light of the current situation.

Council partnered with Urban Enterprise to undertake initial consultation, independent research and analysis to identify the most important local issues within broader regional, national and global trends and put forward some potential actions for inclusion in the strategy. This finished strategy is captured in two documents:

Further information

For further information on the Economic Development Strategy, contact Philip Schier, Manager Strategy and Economic Development, on 5461 0610 or email

Implementing the Economic Development Strategy

News about how Council is implementing the strategy will be posted here.