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Illawarra election candidates go head to head in IBC debate

Release Date: 6/03/2015
The Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) is inviting the local business community to meet the candidates for the upcoming Election at our election debate designed to highlight the key issues impacting business at a state, regional and local level and the importance of infrastructure investment for the region.
“The debate between Labor and Liberal candidates from Keira, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama will give local businesses an important opportunity to connect with the candidates and find out how they propose to grow our region. Independent Arthur Rorris and Greens Mitchell Bresser will also address the local business community after the debate.
“In addition to ensuring that the business community can make its voice heard on key election issues the Debate will give our local candidates the opportunity to address these concerns directly with local business people and outline their vision for the Illawarra region. 
“Illawarra businesses regularly tell us that they want the next NSW Government to commit to big ticket infrastructure investment to boost economic growth and provide jobs for our growing population.
“Delivering more infrastructure across the state through public asset swaps is a key recommendation in the NSW Business Chamber’s policy blueprint for the March 28 election, ‘Unfinished Business: Towards 2015 and beyond’.
“The Illawarra region urgently needs infrastructure investment, and leasing 49% of the State’s electricity network is the most sensible way to improve our transport networks and boost the region’s visitor economy, without risking the budget bottom line.
“Our proposal for infrastructure investment in the Illawarra already has the support of key stakeholders in the region, and we urge all sides of politics to offer a bipartisan commitment to invest in these essential projects and make a real difference for business and the broader community,” Ms Murphy said. 
The potential infrastructure projects that the Illawarra economy could benefit from include:
  • Road and rail connectivity to Sydney, such as the M1 (F6) extension and passenger rail upgrade to reduce travel time to 60 minutes from Wollongong to Sydney
  • Tourism investment, such as Mt Keira Adventure Playground or WEC upgrade
  • Port expansion opportunities, such as Outer Harbour and Garden Island relocation.
IBC election debate details
Date:                Tuesday 10th March, 2015
Time:               11am – 12.30pm 
                        12:30 – media interviews
Location:          ITeC Theatre – Coniston
Registrations via:
Media welcome to attend

Candidates attending include:
Mitchell Bresser. Greens Candidate for Wollongong
Philip Clifford, Liberal Candidate for Keira
Noreen Hay, Member for Wollongong
Mark Jones, Liberal Candidate for Shellharbour
Glenn Kolomeitz, Labor Candidate for Kiama
Ryan Park, Member for Keira, Shadow Minister for Education & Training, Shadow Minister for the Illawarra
Arthur Rorris, Independent Candidate for Wollongong
Gareth Ward, Member for Kiama
Anna Watson, Member for Shellharbour
Media Contact: Julia Frith 0417 135 858

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