Dinner plans to discuss Miles' future
THE Miles community is planting the seeds of the future and if the old adage is anything to go by, big things are sure to grow.
That's the message that came out of the Miles Year Ahead dinner, where dozens of business, council and community representatives gathered to hear the latest plans to help the town forge ahead in the next five years.
For Miles and District Commerce and Community president Rachel Kerwick, it was a fantastic event, with 68 people attending.
"We had a great response from councillors and council staff, we had good attendance from Origin and QGC and Incitec Pivot, we had a couple of new businesses in the town present,” Mrs Kerwick said.
One of the key messages from the night was encouraging locals to get involved in the Miles Business and Investment Review Project.
The chamber initiative is fuelled by the Miles Community Investment Plan and run by BIZLYTICS to help create a 'blueprint' for Miles' future.
BIZLYTICS Neil Daly said the project was ultimately about "everyone pulling in the same direction” by contributing their insight to produce a plan for investment in the community that will benefit Miles economically, socially and environmentally.
"How do we get a general uplift across the board, because it's not always just about the dollar value,” Mr Daly said.
"It's about everybody contributing to producing a solid blueprint for Miles which helps to position Miles as a great place to work, live and do business.”
He explained Miles could then have a template from which to "focus its resources” and empower decision makers to make those goals a reality.
For Mrs Kerwick, it's an opportunity to target industries and provide data to encourage them to move to Miles, and leverage initiatives with state and federal governments.
Overall, she said the night was about "inspiring and preparing the community for the need for change”.