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More opportunities and information needed for local business


Release Date: 11/01/2017

The Illawarra Business Chamber believes a greater focus should be given to local procurement and content in delivering NSW Government programs and services. The Chamber has been working with the NSW Government and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, Mr Gareth Ward in putting together more information for local businesses on planned NSW Government projects.
 
The NSW Government Investing in Regional Infrastructure (2016) identifies over $2.5 Billion for new initiatives in health, education, transport and regional development.
 
Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont, said value for money to the taxpayer will always be a prime consideration for government procurement and tender processes, however, there is a need to recognise the value and contribution that local businesses can make and that short-term savings can result in long-term costs.
 
“The NSW Government has announced record levels of investment across the Illawarra and we are working with business and the Illawarra Business Chamber to provide more information to business on how and where they may offer their services in delivering these projects,” said Gareth Ward.
 
“In the coming months I am looking forward to convening with the Illawarra Business Chamber a number of targeted information sessions that will provide business in the Illawarra with information on these exciting and significant projects for the Illawarra,” said Gareth Ward.
 
Health, education, civil infrastructure, major construction and manufacturing are areas where local Illawarra business has considerable expertise and capacity.
 
“It is important that wherever possible local businesses are afforded the opportunity and the appropriate information to provide goods and services to major government initiatives and projects,” said Chris Lamont.
 
Media contact: Katherine Baker 0417 135 858



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