Action plan to rejuvenate Taree CBD

AN action plan to rejuvenate the central business district of Taree will be developed from the advice delivered to small businesses owners by David Engwicht from Creative Communities.

Mr Engwicht will be working with retailers during a four-day visit to the Manning Valley from June 16.

Tidy Up Taree organiser, Graham Brown said Mr Engwicht would "conduct a large audit of our businesses potential and attitudes with a view to developing an action plan."

"Not a massive master plan but a series of small projects that will make our place better and more liveable with a view to attracting more people to join us," Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown seeks $500 from each interested business to pay Mr Engwicht's expenses and to hopefully deliver funding for an initial community project.

"I know times aren't conducive at present to be asking for money but if we don't start to bring about change we may continue on the job loss trail that has been happening in our valley for the past five years. So can we afford not to contribute?"

Mr Brown said that Greater Taree City Council had again agreed to contribute "so the more we can raise, the more we will get done. As he will be conducting an audit of businesses we can assure contributing businesses of one-on-one time with David. We will then have an informal workshop on Thursday evening where the results of the audit will be presented and an action plan agreed upon."

Mr Brown said interested businesses could make payment of $500 using the following methods:

A cheque payable to Tidy Up Taree and send it to PO Box 918 Taree; or drop it into the office of GPB Partners at 216 Victoria Street, Taree; or bank directly to Tidy Up Taree BSB 637000 Account 105941625 or if you need an invoice please contact GPB Partners on 6551 1660 and one will be sent to a provided email address.

For more information on Mr Engwicht visit www.creative-communities.com

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