As Minister for the Illawarra, it’s important for me to not only talk to residents about the issues confronting them, but also the region’s business leaders.
Today I’ll have another opportunity to do this by speaking at the Illawarra Business Chamber’s (IBC) executive lunch, being held at City Beach Function Centre in Wollongong.
Gatherings like this allow me to interact with businesses in the region to update them on key State Government policies, plans and initiatives.
The IBC plays a role in representing and connecting local businesses and provides a platform through which business and industry can voice their ideas and concerns to government.
I take this role seriously and am eager to hear how Government can join with local businesses to further attract and promote more jobs and industry to the Illawarra.
I also like to talk to local councillors or community leaders to hear any concerns they may have and provide what Government assistance is available.
They, like the IBC, play a lead role in gaining Government support to ensure the Illawarra continues to grow.
The IBC Business After Hours networking functions are one example of how it looks to engage with business and provide a forum for business people to come together.
The IBC also presents the annual Illawarra Business Awards, which acknowledge and promote the importance of local business to the future growth and development of the Illawarra.
The IBC, through its affiliation with the NSW Business Chamber, also provides an information service to its members through release of material such as the NSW Business Chamber NSW Business Conditions Survey.
I look forward to today’s lunch, to not only get feedback from those attending, but also to be able to update the Chamber on Government policies and plans relevant to the region.
Greg Pearce is the NSW Minister for the Illawarra and Finance and Services Minister.