Strategy needs to put more focus on the digital economy
The Shire’s economic development strategy has a strong focus on job creation, so will those measures be enough to help low-income households and the disadvantaged?
The majority of the council seems to think not. Can more be done? According to the councillors, yes, but the councillors will have solutions since they are the critics, won’t they? That said, I am interested to know who Dr Barbara Maidment thinks this economic development is for, if not locals, and to whom go the spoils of the purposeful wealth creation? (Wealth creation plan’s focus, 14/7). Is it the top one per cent of Australians that own more wealth than the bottom 70 per cent combined?
Perhaps the wealth creation is for the so-called capitalists that believe in the trickle-down economic theory that distributes some economic crumbs to most of the local population.
I could be wrong, but inferring that customers and councillors are ignorant (to capitalism) and proponents of rabid socialism does not sit right with me.
Customers and their opinions matter because it is their money that allows business to operate.
Councillors are elected by some of these customers and, if doing their job correctly, working on behalf of the people, so their opinions matter, too.
Do customers understand the espoused struggle of small business?
Maybe not, but they choose not to be business owners, so should they have to know? My personal disappointment in the Shire’s strategy is the lack of any definitive actions on executing strategic digital economic activities. If the Alibaba Group, a single, non-government Chinese e-commerce company has created 31,000,000 jobs in the past 18 years, I think our Shire can come up with a 10-year plan to encourage and facilitate action on local digital business transformation.
After all, even State and Federal Australian Governments “talk” about it now. Peter Griffyn Margaret River