The NSW and Illawarra Business Chambers have launched a campaign for the March 23 state election.
The campaign over the first few months of 2019 will outline the measures required to maintain the state’s position as the best performing economy in Australia.
Illawarra executive director Adam Zarth said the local economy is benefiting from being a key region in the best performing state. “But we’ll be calling on all candidates to avoid complacency and continue to support policies that allow businesses to grow, invest and employ. There are five main campaign pillars.”
- Skilling NSW for the future and tackling youth unemployment.
- Cutting energy costs for NSW businesses and residents.
- Improving the delivery of major infrastructure.
- Protecting NSW from natural disasters.
- Strongly advocating for the South West Illawarra Rail Link as a solution to Illawarra’s transport connectivity constraints.
“Skilling our workforce is integral to keeping the Illawarra economy moving, and so the NSW Business Chamber is right to call for 20,000 school based apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years,” Mr Zarth said.
The NSW Business Chamber has presented the details of the election campaign to both the Government and Opposition, as well as some minor parties that clearly support small business in this state.
“And we have informed them that we will be publishing a Report Card in the final weeks of the campaign, recognising those parties that have taken up our policy agenda,” he said.
“Regional NSW has a number of marginal seats in this election, and local advertising, events with candidates and a large social media presence will be integral to this campaign.”