Big & Bold Social Enterprise Showcase

Date Published: 05-02-14

Last night Wyong Shire Council hosted the region’s Big and Bold Social Enterprise Showcase at Regional Development Australia Central Coast.

Social enterprises are organisations and projects that apply business models to meet a social need or aspiration in our community.

The event was fully booked with representatives from local, state and federal government, key regional organisations and local social entrepreneurs.

Wyong Council’s Manager of Community Partnerships & Planning, who attended the event, said she was thrilled at the turnout and believes the benefits to the Central Coast will be enormous. 

“The event really highlighted social enterprise as a strategic approach for government to meet our community’s social priorities in a way that is economically sustainable and creates local jobs,” said Ms Vaughan

“The event showcased major projects that I believe will transform the Central Coast as we know it.”

The major projects discussed were:
• Kibbleplex in Gosford CBD
• Central Coast Youth Skills and Employment Centre at Tuggerah
• Casar Park Regional Motor Sports and Recreation Hub currently being planned for Warnervale 

The event served to highlight the social enterprise models applied in these projects and also the role of government in supporting social enterprise projects of regional significance.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) CEO John Mouland said the RDA was always pleased to support these events.

“With the population of the Coast expected to grow substantially over the next few years it is important that everyone is working together to ensure these key projects can be delivered for the benefit of our community,” said Mr Mouland.

“We are really looking forward to the next event where key regional stakeholders will come together to identify and design even bigger and bolder social enterprise projects for our region”

For more information on upcoming events contact the Social Enterprise Central Coast Coordinator Jordan Purcell at: Jordan.Purcell-Ashburner@wyong.nsw.gov.au or 4350 5555.