Pictured: Phillip Clifford, Terry Wetherall, Sharon Bird, Peter Mailler, Gary Anderson, Debra Murphy, Peter Moran and Brian Boulton at the Small Business - Too Big to Ignore campaign board during its visit to Wollongong. Credit: GREG ELLIS
NSW Business Chamber president Terry Wetherall has been a busy man in recent weeks and continues to be so as he makes his way around the state with the "Small Business - Too Big to Ignore" campaign mobile Skyboard.
In recent days Mr Wetherall has been to the Tweed Valley, Lake Macquarie, North Ryde, Campbelltown, Parramatta and Windsor for visits by the giant billboard, which calls for more political focus on small business and seeking commitments from candidates leading into next month's federal election.
Mr Wetherall said the Skyboard was now heading west and he was about to join the roadshow again in Albury, Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Yass and Goulburn before heading to Mollymook and Nowra.
He said being able to follow the Skyboard around NSW and meet business people and candidates in each place was also giving him and the state chamber a good appreciation of issues across all regions.
"This is important to use," Mr Wetherall said.
"It allows us to connect with the political candidates. And what we are saying is 'we want you to tell us and our membership what you are going to do for small business in your electorate'. We don't want party mantra, we want to know what you are going to do as an elected person to represent the interests of small business and promote the interests of small business.
"This also helps us engage with membership. Because of the size of the organisation, which is now 15,000 members, it allows us to engage with our regional chambers as well," Mr Wetherall said, adding the campaign had resonated with everyone.