New strategy shaping an innovation pathway in Georges River
SGS Economics and Planning recently collaborated with the strategy and innovation team at Georges River Council in Sydney’s south to prepare a draft innovation strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to drive a culture of innovation within the Council and foster innovation throughout the Georges River community explained SGS Senior Consultant Rowena Phua.
Georges River Council has successfully managed the amalgamation of two councils into the current organisation. The next big reform for Council emerging from its Leading for Change 2050 Strategy is to rethink how they operate. They have established a strategy and innovation team and launched a draft innovation strategy to foster innovation throughout the Georges River community.
Working with partners Morrison Low and LGiU UK and the Georges River innovation team, we developed a draft innovation strategy that responds to trends impacting the local area and delivers a clear roadmap to establish Georges River as an innovative city.
Our team analysed socio-economic impacts and explored local and international best practice case studies to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the region and advise how innovation could evolve. Council then tested the innovation concepts, and local community groups and local businesses contributed to the final draft innovation strategy.
What's really important is that Georges River Council sees culture and diversity at the heart of any transformation – not just technology or economic advantage. The team at Georges River Council, and their local community, have started discovering new ideas, are being creative and are finding solutions that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable as they deliver their Leading for Change 2050 Strategy and progress the draft innovation strategy.