Funding will help Ignite continue to deliver
Western Plains Regional Council has welcomed the announcement that the application for funding under the NSW Governments Murray Darling Energise Enterprise Fund (EEF) was successful, and Ignite Coordinator Nicola Chandler said it would add to the momentum the program has maintained since its inception.
“I am so excited that the application was successful as the CBD is really showing benefits from the strategies that evolved from the community consultation phase of the program,” Ms Chandler said.
“The community made it clear that they were interested in seeing increased activity in the CBD,
and there has been a lot of buzz around some new faces on the retail scene on Macquarie Street,”
“It is great to see Sportscraft open here in Dubbo, and Mary and Me has expanded into new, larger premises,” she said.
The ambience of the CBD experienced a boost recently by the appearance of two pop-up shops.
“Both local business, Saddler and Co and regional producer So Stella, took advantage of Council’s streamlined processes to set up a temporary, retail presence in the CBD which garnered a lot of attention from local shoppers who were excited to see something new and different,”
Other highlights of the program are the opportunity for extended trading hours and fast tracking of Development Applications.
“Dubbo now has a brand new franchise, Zambrero, operating in the CBD, offering diners yet another option in the City’s increasingly diverse culinary landscape,” she said.
“Church Street Café (CSC) have been able to add a new dimension to their business and cater to a different audience simply by extending their trading hours for example,” Ms Chandler said.
“The Ignite program is dedicated to bringing an extra vibrancy and activity to the CBD and there are more exciting developments on the horizon,” she said.
“We have had one on one consultation with many businesses within all parts of the CBD to help develop the program, now as part of the CBD network we are setting an action plan to implement the bright ideas developed from the original consultation”
“If you would like to join us in this exciting network, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we would love to hear from you,” Ms Chandler said.
Last Edited: 27 Jun 2016