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Is the Illawarra Marginal?


Release Date: 23/01/2015
The Illawarra region has taken centre stage on the 2015 NSW Election Campaign trail. The last two days have seen both the Premier Mike Baird and Opposition Leader Luke Foley visiting the region.
 
The Illawarra Business Chamber CEO, Debra Murphy said “it’s a very positive sign to see both major parties in the region making announcements and election promises to start to address the Illawarra region’s critical infrastructure backlog.
 
There’s no end of potential infrastructure projects that the Illawarra economy could benefit from.  These 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.
 “For years Illawarra Business Chamber members have been telling us that as a region we need to vote marginal.  Antony Green identified Keira, Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong as ‘marginal’ seats, according to his Electoral Pendulum analysis.  Antony Green identified all seats with under 10% margin based on two party preferred counts between Labor and the Coalition from the 2011 election, and factors in new electorate boundaries.
 
“It makes me question whether the pendulum has swung in the Illawarra. Is the Illawarra marginal? Will marginal Illawarra seats bring the region much-needed investment in our infrastructure and with this investment the new jobs and economic growth that the region has been waiting for.  
 
The Illawarra Business Chamber will be holding a local candidate debate at 11am on 10th March at the ITeC in Coniston. We encourage our members and Illawarra businesses to come along to hear what both major parties are doing to address our infrastructure backlog and the needs of regional businesses.
 
 
Media Contact:         Julia Frith 0417 135 858
 
Antony Green’s 2015 New South Wales Electoral Pendulum:
http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2013/10/201-new-south-wales-electoral-pendulum.html



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