The ‘Blacktown Moving Forward’ themed event was held at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Art Centre. (Check out our Facebook photo album here) or click the web link below for larger images.
Representing Blacktown City Council, Councillor Kathie Collins thanked the Chamber for its work bringing businesses together, mentoring business leaders and supporting economic growth.
She said Blacktown’s $17.11 billion economy provides more than 120,000 jobs, has more than 23,000 registered businesses with 98 percent being small businesses employing less than 20 people.
Council was committed to helping new business and was working with the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) to develop a business support workshop program that would also assist new arrivals with qualifications.
“The Warwick Lane CBD redevelopment has begun with demolition started and reconstruction scheduled by the end of year, including buildings that will incorporate the Australian Catholic University’s Blacktown Campus,” Clr Collins said.
Other transformational projects include:
$100 million International Centre of Training Excellence at Blacktown International Sports Park;
$24 million Animal Rehoming Centre;
A health precinct surrounding the redeveloped $1billion Blacktown Hospital and the
$300-400 million Riverstone Town Centre Masterplan redevelopment of the Council owned centre.
Clr Collins said some vacancies remained for business owners to join a council-led trade mission to India in August. Information is available from Mike Thomas or David Somerville from council’s Economic Development team.
She also spoke about the constant challenge of trying to combat domestic violence in the area.
Blacktown Women’s Committee and the Zonta Group will stage an innovative silent, knitted display on the Village Green during White Ribbon Month in November.
Clr Collins invited businesses interested in supporting the project to contact her.
#GreaterBlacktown Business Chamber Inc. Blacktown City Council Local Area Marketing