Free ‘place making’ workshops are being held in October at Bulahdelah and Forster, to highlight the contribution of small business to the Mid Coast region’s economy.
Aligned with council’s vibrant spaces Initiative, the interactive masterclasses will provide practical information on street activation and business presentation to draw people to our town centres.
Place making expert, David Engwicht will lead masterclasses in Bulahdelah on Tuesday, October 30 and in Forster on Wednesday, October 31, to provide Mid Coast businesses with inspiration to create a more vibrant and enjoyable atmosphere, to keep people in our streets for longer and build store traffic.
David has worked with communities across the world to vitalise public spaces and give space back to the people.
"Our small business sector is a vital contributor to our community and economy, and we are working together with businesses to provide the environment and support they need to succeed in the Mid Coast," council's economic development coordinator, Robyn Brennan explained.
"The place making masterclasses for Bulahdelah and Forster will provide a great basis for businesses which are new to the vibrant spaces initiative to make a creative start in their streets or those wanting to enhance the spaces they have already created."
The vibrant spaces initiative encourages business owners to add colour, movement, sound and interest along the footpaths.
Businesses are encouraged to use the footpath, free of charge, in return for some innovative thinking and a common sense approach.
The aim is to encourage people to stop, linger, shop and dine, which not only benefits local businesses, but makes for a pleasant shopping experience.
To book for a free masterclass, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/SBM or call 6591 7277.
Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
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