About the CDC what we do and who we are

Meet your friendly team at the CDC (from left) Ashleigh, Gail and Sharon
CDC Chairman John Stephens
Wattle Time Fair and Community Street Parade held on the last Saturday of August each year
CDC staff and some of our Board Members (from left) Gail Haines, Sharon Breese, Chris Wheatley Mauri Jackson and Ashleigh Warton
Annual Business Awards - a night for local businesses, individuals and community organisations to shine
Cootamundra's Albert Park becomes a hive of activity when the Annual Wattle Time Fair is staged each August to celebrate Cootamundra's iconic 'Wattle Time'.


"The Cootamundra Development Corporation will enable Cootamundra to provide a focus and support for business and community growth within the Cootamundra Shire."

The Cootamundra Development Corporation's (CDC) current role is to assist with providing information, support and promotion to all residents, proprietors and employees both in business management and community activity.


The CDC is governed by a Board of Directors who comprise of local business representatives and Shire Councillors who meet on a monthly basis.

The current Board are:

  • John Stephens - Chairman
  • Christine Wheatley - Deputy Chair
  • Ron Robinson - Treasurer
  • Peter Charker - Director
  • Mauri Jackson - Director
  • Peter Nolan - Director
  • Craig Stewart - Council Representatives
  • Mary Donnelly - Council Representatives

The CDC currently employs three staff

  • Kate Collingridge, Office Assistant
  • Leonie McDermott, Office Assistant
  • Merrilyn Jackson, Financial Officer


Business Assistance:

The CDC utilises its wide range of business contacts on a referral basis to assist with all confidential business enquiries starting a new business to current business owners and employees wanting to build their knowledge to assist in the growing of their business.

The CDC works closely with the Riverina Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) and the NSW Fair Trading providing office space where required for use as part of their outreach programs.

A fortnightly Business Segment is recorded by the CDC with Radio 2LF, keeping the local community up to date.

Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and workshops organised by the CDC are done so as to assist local businesses and organisations and all topics chosen have been requested by local businesses.

Secretarial Services

The CDC's wide range of professional secretarial services assists local businesses and individuals with photocopying, laminating, binding, internet access etc. The CDC specialises in CV assistance offering, one-to-one help in the preparation of resumes and covering letters.

Calendar of Events

The CDC assists with the management the Calendar of Local Events for the Cootamundra Shire Council, updating the calendar on the main street weekly, Maintenance of the Calendar involves liaising with the local community, media, Cootamundra Shire Council, Visitor Information Centre and local businesses.

Community Promotion

A weekly radio segment "Through the Streets of Cootamundra" is recorded with Radio 2LF promoting upcoming events, monthly meetings and general happenings within the local community.

Community List

The CDC encourages local service, community and sporting groups to make use of Cootamundra's Community List by contacting them after their Annual General Meetings to advise them of the current contact details to ensure the most up to date information is available on the Community List.

Cootamundra Business Awards

Organisation of the Annual Business Awards Dinner is carried out by the CDC who also prepares the forms for residents to nominate local businesses, organisations or individuals they feel qualify for recognition in the community.

Wattle Time

The CDC works closely with the Cootamundra Shire Council in the organisation of the annual Wattle Time Festivities in particular with the organising of the annual Street Parade and bringing the local community together to celebrate our iconic 'Cootamundra Wattle' just one of the things our town is most famous for. 

This year the CDC successfully reintroduced the Wattle Time Garden Fair to Cootamundra's Wattle Time calendar and has already commenced preparations for the 2014 Wattle Time Fair which will be held on Saturday, 30th August 2014.

Christmas Festivities:

The CDc organises the Annual Christmas Promotion including late night shopping, the shop locally draws and the annual Community Christmas Party.


The CDC is funded by:

  • The Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council
  • Department of Human Services for hosting of the Cootamundra Agency
  • Local businesses through CDC Membership


The CDC is located at 169a Parker Street, Cootamundra NSW 2590

Ph: (02) 6942 1400

Fax: (02) 6942 4258

Email: cdcmanager@cootamundra.com


CDC History

The Cootamundra Advancement Corporation was formed in the 1980's and in 1997 the then Cootamundra Advancement Corporation had a name change and became the Cootamundra Development Corporation (CDC).

The CDC was officially declared open by the late Mrs Beryl Ingold MBE, JP Riverina Regional Development Board Member and former Cootamundra Mayor Paul Braybrooks on Wednesday 19th February 1997.

The CDC is open from 9.30am to 2:30pm on Monday to Friday.