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2015 NSW Election delivers much needed wins for Illawarra businesses

Release Date: 31/03/2015
The Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) Chief Executive Debra Murphy has congratulated the re-elected Baird Government as well as all the successful Illawarra state candidates and says she looks forward to working with each of them to progress the needs of business in the Illawarra.
Voters have given the re-elected Baird Government a clear mandate to proceed with its plan to lease 49 per cent of the State’s electricity assets, to raise $20 billion for much-needed infrastructure investment. I

In the Illawarra, the election has seen commitments to many of the causes the IBC have championed including:
  • $550 million for the Albion Park Rail Bypass
  • $300 million to address ‘Gateway to the South’ road pinch points
  • $11 million for a M1(F6) extension feasibility study
  • Boxing day trading in Wollongong allowed
“The Coalition’s landmark $550 million commitment to the Albion Park Rail Bypass will address heavy congestion, safety and flooding concerns along this section of the M1 and is a huge boost for commuters, businesses and tourism in the region.
 “Number one on the agenda for the next term of Government must be the M1(F6) extension. There's so much work to be done to get the M1(F6) extension shovel-ready. Our elected officials must use the momentum created by the proposed $11 million feasibility study to get this long-awaited and much needed project off the ground.
“We welcome the Coalition’s commitment to Boxing Day trading. Allowing all Illawarra businesses to open on Boxing Day provides a level playing field for retailers across the state, including those in Wollongong.
 “It’s time for all sides of politics to get behind the Government’s plan to boost economic growth in both regional communities and metropolitan areas and provide greater certainty for businesses and the Illawarra region,” Ms Murphy said.
Media Contact:         Julia Frith 0417 135 858

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