IN an effort to stimulate investment and help local business, the Shire of Murray has appointed its first manager of economic development.
Murray chief executive Dean Unsworth said the appointment of David Arkwright heralded a new era for the council as it readied for significant future population growth.
“Mr Arkwright has significant experience as a key economic and enterprise development specialist to several large international and WA organisations including Peel Development Commission and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure,’’ he said.
“The appointment demonstrates the council’s commitment to becoming a vibrant secondary centre of the Peel region and district-of-choice for business investment and prosperity.
“The shire welcomes Mr Arkwright, a highly regarded economic professional who has achieved significantly in his eight years at Peel Development Commission, including as a driving force behind the Transform Peel project.”
Mr Unsworth said that with a strong background in town and regional planning, urban growth management planning and commercial investment attraction, Mr Arkwright had the skills and contacts to significantly and positively affect the district’s economic viability and long-term sustainability.
He said developing an economic development strategy, tourism strategy and investment prospectus and reducing red tape for small business would be the initial responsibilities of the role.