Isaac Regional Council has approved a million-dollar COVID-19 strategic recovery plan to be implemented over the next two years.
Mayor Anne Baker said the plan, unanimously adopted at a recent council meeting, had 50 separate strategies to be applied across the Isaac region.
“This longer-term strategic recovery plan complements our shorter-term tactical and strategic COVID response and recovery framework implemented in March, in the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Baker said.
“That emergency plan, with three packages of support, has been very effective but we always anticipated the council would be developing a longer-term strategic recovery plan.
“Now that the initial packages of support and stimulus response measures have been delivered, we are moving to implement the recovery plan.”
Among the strategies are the employment of an economic and business resilience co-ordinator, a move towards encouraging the supply of locally based goods and services on council projects, attracting further business investment and further promotion of the “Shop Isaac” campaign.
Reducing compliance and administration costs and enhancing tourism opportunities will also be part of the strategic recovery plan.
“Importantly, it builds on the council’s existing five-year economic development framework, tourism strategy and business support strategy, and provides resourcing and capacity to bring forward a substantial body of that work into the next 18 to 24 months,” Cr Baker said.
“The council has budgeted $1 million specifically to fund the strategic recovery plan.”