ANDREW CONSTANCE: I want this visit to be all about listening to a raft of ideas, which can keep the region and the rest of NSW moving.
ANDREW CONSTANCE: I want this visit to be all about listening to a raft of ideas, which can keep the region and the rest of NSW moving.

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ANDREW CONSTANCE: I want this visit to be all about listening to a raft of ideas, which can keep the region and the rest of NSW moving.
ANDREW CONSTANCE: I want this visit to be all about listening to a raft of ideas, which can keep the region and the rest of NSW moving.

Northern Rivers business leaders have been invited to City Hall to knuckle-down with Mr Constance on the Government's plan to unlock $20 billion of investment in New South Wales.

The plan hinges on the 99-year lease of 49% of the state's "poles and wires" electricity network to raise capital needed to build infrastructure.

A $6-billion package has been promised for regional NSW if the plan goes ahead, including $1 billion for roads and $1 billion for water.

"I want this visit to be all about listening to a raft of ideas, which can keep the region and the rest of NSW moving," Mr Constance said.

"It is a chance to highlight the many benefits of the package, as well as exchange ideas on a range of other areas from energy security to creating a more competitive tax system."

Discussion will revolve around the NSW Business Chamber's report "Unfinished Business: Towards 2015 and beyond" which identified five priority initiatives it wanted the State Government to address.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NSW Business Chambers' priority initiatives:

  • Deliver more infrastructure through public asset swaps
  • Revitalise and reform local government
  • Deliver schooling more effectively
  • Improve energy security and address pricing challenges
  • Create a more competitive tax system


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