Treasurer talks on ‘unfinished business’
BUSINESS heavyweights from across the Northern Rivers rubbed shoulders with NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance at Lismore City Hall yesterday during 0the 2014 Northern Rivers Business Leaders Forum.
Mr Constance joined NSW Business Chamber chief executive Stephen Cartwright at the forum to outline the Baird Government's "Unfinished Business" plans to invigorate business in NSW.
Key issues discussed were stimulating small business in the region to grow employment, youth unemployment, cross border competition for Northern Rivers businesses, penalty rates and payroll tax.
Mr Constance said Northern Rivers businesses had benefited from the government's investment in the jobs action plan.
"The jobs action plan here in the region has generated 1130 jobs," he said.
"Driving employment opportunities in regional economies is part of the government's key agenda."
Member for Lismore Thomas George said Mr Constance was the first NSW Treasurer to visit Lismore since he was elected in 1999.
"This morning has been a very good forum to give the local businesses the opportunity to hear not only Stephen Cartwright from the NSW business chamber but also the treasurer of NSW," he said.