Inner West Independent

Inner west taskforce sought

Marrickville Road, the beating heart of Sydney’s inner west. Photo: Supplied

Sydney’s Inner West Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from members of the community for the Inner West Economic Recovery Taskforce. The taskforce will help Council plan and coordinate the economic recovery of the Inner West, which has been smashed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Council wants the membership of the taskforce to include a mix of economic sectors, have gender balance, as well as be from diverse geographical locations from across the Inner West.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne, who proposed the taskforce, said potential members should have experience and skills in business, industry and an understanding of the Inner West community.

“We are lucky the Inner West has some of the best minds in business, the arts, science and community development in Australia. We are looking for the right mix of people who can come up with strategies that will help get our economy get back on its feet.

“The impact of the Coronavirus crisis has been devastating for businesses and many industries, such as hospitality and the arts. We need to come up with new ideas to help businesses reopen and boost economic activity for a world that is emerging from lockdown.

“We are looking for a ‘kitchen cabinet’ of local business leaders, who can make recommendations directly to Council. This will not be like a standard Council committee, instead it will be a high-powered partnership between the private sector and local government to deal with the unprecedented challenges local businesses now face,” said Mayor Byrne.

Expressions of Interest forms can be found at https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/eoi-for-inner-west-recovery-taskforce

Applications close at 5pm, Monday, 1 June 2020.

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