Last days for comments on Marlborough’s economic future


With just days to go before consultation on the draft Marlborough Economic Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2032 closes at 5.00pm on Monday 9th May, now is the time to give your input.

The Council’s economic development team facilitated the development of the new strategy working with industry sectors, the Marlborough Regional Skills and Leadership Group, investors, entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors to plan and improve the economic future of the region.

Economic Development Portfolio Manager Dorien Vermaas said the strategy provides a vision and direction for the future with a focus on improving wellbeing and productivity in Marlborough.

“Fast forward 10 years and we want to see Marlborough’s economy thrive in balance with a thriving environment and vibrant communities,” said Ms Vermaas.

“This is an exciting plan for Marlborough’s future. This is not a Council plan but a draft strategy created by many of Marlborough’s key industries and we want to hear the views of the wider business community and the public to help inform the final regional economic strategy “, she said.

The draft strategy sets a direction for the development of Marlborough’s economy, which includes its current thriving sectors as well as some new emerging sectors such as technology and innovation.

Ms Vermaas says Marlborough needs an integrated economic development strategy involving all industry sectors working together towards a single vision. “It’s an exciting time to look to the future and see how we can work together through collaboration, innovation and the adoption of new technologies.”

The strategy covers seven key areas including: aquaculture, aviation, forestry and wood processing, screen and creative industries, technology and innovation, wine and the Maori economy. .

To read the draft strategy and make a submission, go to:

Once the consultation period ends at 5:00 p.m. on Monday 9 May, all submissions will be considered before the Council adopts the strategy at the end of June.

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