“We give priority to a steady economic recovery” | Liverpool City Champion
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the council has embarked on a post-pandemic recovery program designed to boost business activity in the heart of Liverpool’s CBD and beyond.
The five-pronged approach aims to support local businesses and reduce the unemployment rate in Liverpool, which reached 8.3% in June.
Key elements of the program include:
- Facilitate a comprehensive review of the council’s outdoor dining policy with the aim of expanding outdoor dining opportunities in areas that may not have previously been available to local businesses.
- Develop a supply chain support program to help local businesses affected by supply disruptions and bottlenecks related to the pandemic. This includes establishing a regional market to facilitate the replacement of overseas products that may not be as readily available.
- Advocating for the on-time delivery of several major ‘shovel-ready’ projects to further support local job creation, including the modernization of Liverpool Hospital and Liverpool Civic Square.
- Campaign to accelerate the maintenance and finalization of the Aérotropole plans giving companies the opportunity to submit Development Requests (DAs) and establish operations in the region.
- Facilitate a campaign to incentivize and promote local businesses to re-energize consumer spending in the Liverpool CBD.
“We have worked hard to identify viable solutions that would have a significant positive impact on our local economy in the long term. We prioritize a steady economic recovery for the Liverpool CBD above all else,” said Mayor Waller.
“CBDs are the engine rooms of local economies and, if properly supported, will help the New South Wales economy recover.
“We are one of the fastest growing regions of Greater Sydney, with gross regional product totaling over $ 13 billion as of June 2020, accounting for over 2% of the state’s economic activity. Simply put, an economically stronger Liverpool is a good result for all of New South Wales.
“Many companies have already realized the strategic advantages offered to Liverpool. Over the coming months and years, the council will work to unlock more additional land for warehousing opportunities and cut red tape for businesses.
“The time for Liverpool has come and we have a bright future. I am excited about the opportunities on the horizon for our great city. ”
Mayor Waller said in recent months that the council has been working hard to gain support from the state government to help fund large infrastructure projects to kickstart the process of economic recovery and create more local jobs.
“We welcome every new announcement of business support from NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, but we call for greater engagement,” she said.
“Our message has been very clear to the NSW government that we want to work in partnership to make Liverpool one of the greatest success stories in Greater Sydney emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.”