The state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, has formally launched its campaign ahead of the March State Election, aimed at Keeping NSW Number 1.

“The NSW Business Chamber was an active 3rd party campaigner in the lead up to the last two State Elections, and once again we will deliver a state wide effort in the lead up to the March poll with a focus on the key issues required to Keep NSW Number 1,” said NSW Business Chamber CEO Stephen Cartwright.

“A decade ago NSW had the worst performing economy in the nation, but now we have the best. However, if we are to stay Number 1, this is not the time to take our recent economic success for granted or to become complacent. There are still a number of challenges and opportunities yet to be addressed and we need to tackle these to realise the full potential of the state,” Mr Cartwright said.

“To keep momentum, and to retain our Number 1 spot, we need to maintain the right settings to encourage businesses to grow, invest and employ so that we build an even better NSW for all citizens.

“That’s why the Keeping NSW Number 1 campaign will focus on five main 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
  • A regional specific pillar which accommodates priorities identified by local chambers in marginal seats

“Underpinning each pillar are a number of hard measures that flesh out, in practical terms, how the policies can be implemented and how we will monitor their progress.

“The NSW Business Chamber has presented the details of this 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 publicising a Report Card in the final weeks of the campaign recognising those parties that have taken up our policy agenda.

“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,” Mr Cartwright said.

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