Taskforce meets to support recovery

THE newly created Inner West Recovery Taskforce has met for the first time.

The members are Cr Darcy Byrne (Inner West Mayor), Cr Louise Steer (Inner West Council, Stanmore Ward – Damun), Percy Allen (public policy economist), Erica Berchtold (CEO of the ICONIC), Mark Chapman (Inner West Business Inc.), Chrissy Flannagan (Chrissy’s Cuts and The Sausage Factory), Kerri Glasscock (Director, Sydney Fringe Festival), Morris Hanna (Presiden, Marrickville Chamber of Commerce), Greg Khoury (Chairman of Century Venues) and Monica Vardabasso (TAFE NSW).
Mayor Byrne, who proposed and chairs the taskforce, said he was proud, honoured and excited to be leading a group with so much experience and commitment to the Inner West.
“Given these unprecedented times, we are bringing together the best from small and large business, public policy, the arts, and vocational education and training to spearhead the local economic recovery in the Inner West,” he said.
“This will not be like a standard council committee, instead it will be a high-powered partnership between the private sector and local government to deal with the unprecedented challenges local businesses now face.”
Mayor Byrne says more than 20,000 businesses call the Inner West home and the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single one.
“The challenge is to therefore to explore new ideas and approaches to boost economic activity as local businesses reopen and emerge from lockdown,” he said.
The Taskforce will run for 18 months and provide a road map to recovery based on advice, support and information supplied from council staff, government agencies and other key stakeholders.