At its general meeting of 13 October 2021, Hornsby Shire Council endorsed a draft Memorandum of Understanding with the Hornsby Chamber of Commerce to promote greater collaboration between businesses across the Shire.
At 455 square kilometres, Hornsby Shire is faraway the largest local government area by land size in Greater Metropolitan Sydney, with a Gross Regional Product estimated at $7.26 billion.
The Memorandum of Understanding is an outcome of Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Strategy, adopted in May 2021 to both support and grow the local economy.
“By signing the Memorandum, the Chamber of Commerce and Council will undertake to work together to improve outcomes for businesses and grow the economy in the Hornsby Shire Local Government Area,” said Hornsby Shire Mayor, Philip Ruddock.
“A central component of Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Strategy is that Council form strategic relationships with the local institutions, key agencies and businesses groups which are the key drivers of economic development and employment within the Shire.
“This principle of collaboration is emphasised in the “Connected Hornsby Shire” section of the Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.”
Key opportunities for collaboration between Council and the Chamber of Commerce defined by the Memorandum of Understanding include:
Building relationships through shared knowledge and connections
Actively advocating for business through events
Collaborating on capacity building initiatives
Education programs especially for new and emerging businesses
Sharing resources where practical to support businesses.
“Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hornsby Chamber of Commerce is a positive step in communicating Council’s continued desire to work with and collaborate with business,” said Mayor Ruddock.
Hornsby Chamber of Commerce want to make sure our collaboration with the Hornsby Shire Council benefits our members. If you have any thoughts or ideas on ways we can work together, please email the Committee at [email protected] with MOU in the subject line.