Strat­egy needs to put more fo­cus on the dig­i­tal econ­omy

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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

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