Main Streets, Business, Jobs and Covid Recovery

Main Street Strategy

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and vitality of our main streets is crucial to revitalising the local economy. Labor understands the critical importance of supporting local businesses and jobs and will:

  • Develop a strategy to revitalise and support main streets in every suburb in the local government area, including auditing all activities and programs Council currently offers, working with Chambers of Commerce, improving public transport and pedestrian links, and offering an operational plan and timeline for each suburb
  • Expand the Perfect Match program to improve the facade of eligible local businesses
  • Develop a Laneways Strategy to promote activations, events, and opportunities for outdoor dinings, pedestrian access, and beautification works
  • Immediately implement a comprehensive COVID-recovery outdoor dining and live performance plan, including:
    • Use of Council car parks
    • Use of parking spaces in front of hospitality premises
    • Temporary closure of main streets and/or adjoining side streets by Council
    • Expediting new or temporary applications by businesses for footpath dining
    • A small grants program to allow hospitality businesses to hire local musicians and performers to provide entertainment at outdoor dining locations
    • Council undertaking the approval process for outdoor dining and live performance in newly identified areas so that individual applications from businesses aren’t required
    • Use of Council parks nearby to main streets
    • Localised options for all Inner West main streets in recognition that a variety of approaches may be needed in different suburbs

Stronger Economy, Local Jobs

Council can bring together businesses, community organisations and workers to better support our local economy. Labor will:

  • Hold an Economic Summit, bringing together community leaders, chambers of commerce, businesses, unions, community groups and residents to build a plan for a stronger local economy
  • Support local manufacturers and industries by increasing Council procurement of local goods and services, starting with local procurement policies for food packaging plants
  • Partner with universities and TAFE to increase the number of women working in STEM careers across Council including engineering, planning and technical trades above the 80/194 women currently employed in these fields
  • Double the number of apprenticeships and traineeships offered by Council from the 16 proposed in 2021-2022.
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