Eora Journey economic development plan

Eora Journey economic development plan

Towards prosperity for Sydney's Aboriginal communities 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and enterprise is identified in the City’s economic development strategy as a priority, alongside other important areas such as supporting small business, supporting innovation, and strengthening international connection.

Our local area is home to vibrant and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It is also home to the headquarters of many important Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

As part of our Eora Journey program, the City has developed our first strategic action plan to focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and enterprise.

The Eora Journey economic development plan sets an agenda for the City to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and businesses over the next 10 years to achieve economic prosperity.

We worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and businesses in developing the plan. We have worked in partnership with Aboriginal experts and businesses to understand key issues and community views.

To develop the plan we undertook a comprehensive engagement program, the Eora Journey Prosperity Talk. This engagement program aimed to inform the City about what the economic development priorities are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live, work, study and visit the city.

What we heard consistently throughout the consultation process is while prosperity meant different things to different people it was not solely about amassing individual wealth.

Community wellbeing and shared wealth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities was central to this vision of prosperity, alongside important aspects such as improved choice, independence, self-determination, health and happiness.

Main image: Business owner Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo at Gardener's Lodge Café in Victoria Park. Photo: Jamie Williams

Eora Journey economic development plan

The Eora Journey economic development plan, unanimously adopted by Council on 21 November 2016, is a dynamic 10-year plan to contribute to sustained prosperity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Based on the challenges identified through the City’s engagement and research work, the plan focuses on 4 main themes.

  • Create an economic hub – Ensure support and capacity building for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners and prospective entrepreneurs.
  • Maximise employment outcomes – Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can access opportunities, progress and thrive in the local economy.
  • Enhance tertiary opportunities – Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in accessing, completing and maximising the benefits of tertiary education.
  • Grow key sectors of the economy – Support business ownership and employment opportunities in areas such as finance and professional services, tourism, retail, creative and digital businesses.

Under each of the themes the City has identified a range of actions to work in partnership to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development in Sydney.

Specific projects will be scoped and implemented in partnership on a year by year basis with a wide range of organisations and businesses to deliver against these actions over the life of the plan.

This plan is driven by partnership. It means working with Aboriginal organisations, other levels of government, the business community, and community members.

Contacts

Manager, Economic Strategy
Economic Strategy Unit
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Thursday, 15 December 2016