ATTRACTING new investors to the Gunnedah area will be high on the agenda for Gunnedah Shire Council as it participates in a Namoi Unlimited Joint Organisation (JO) delegates trip to China next month.
Along with members of other councils from throughout the region, mayor Jamie Chaffey and general manager Eric Groth will attend the delegation from March 10 to 17 to help build and strengthen business ties and investors within China.
Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said the trip held “enormous” opportunities for trade and investment for the region.
“With representatives from seven shires within the region we should be able to attract some interest from some big players,” Cr Chaffey said.
“It’s important for us to look at international engagement as well as what we are doing domestically and so the focus on this trip is around economic development.”
Liverpool Plains Shire Council mayor and chair of the Namoi Unlimited JO, Andrew Hope said this visit will help “start the relationship” between the region and China.
“This visit is a great opportunity for us to promote our region and explore investment opportunities on our terms,” Cr Hope said.
“Hopefully there will be all sorts of business and learning opportunities including trade, technological advancements and student exchanges to come from this relationship.”
Cr Hope said local businesses would hopefully benefit from the trips and the newly formed Namoi Unlimited JO.
“We have such a diverse range of businesses and agriculture throughout the region so hopefully there will be a lot of opportunities,” he said.
“There are so many producers in our region and while most of the grain producers look after themselves pretty well there is a chance they as well as beef producers and alike can build long term investment relationships from trips like these.”
The funds to send Cr Chaffey and Mr Groth on the $3,500 trip will be allocated from council’s general fund.