This week the Penrith Business Alliance, the entity created and funded by Penrith Council, launched its Federal Election Advocacy program for 2013.
To do this they will need strong leadership from Federal members as many of its aims are beyond the reach of local government:
- 40,000 new jobs by 2036;
- The Industry Innovation Precinct Program - 10 precincts in key industries to draw on major Commmonwealth funding (($18.75 million);
- The Werrington Arterial linking the M4, Great Western Highway and Castlereagh corridor ($70-90 million);
- Health jobs, encouraging the local health sector to offer training to TAFE and high school students; and
- The Nepean Medical Research Institute, to be Outer Western Sydney’s first medical research institute ($55 million).
So at Panthers on Wednesday evening PBA chairmanPaul Brennan invited Lindsay MP David Bradbury and Liberal candidate Fiona Scott, both possible key players in these ambitious programs to encourage business and investment to Penrith, to present their cases for support for a bigger, thriving city.
Mr Bradbury, measured, controlled, kicked off by supporting the aims of the PBA then outlining his moves since 2007: more funds for Nepean Hospital, the Werrington Park Corporate Centre, the NBN rollout and the Panthers development.
He attacked the Liberals for their NBN plan and M4 extension project and finished by stating that he had the experience of office and asked support from the audience for the upcoming election.
Ms Scott, polished, passionate, thanked the PBA for the ‘‘amazing work’’ they had done then related her own and her family’s journeys in Penrith.
‘‘I stand here because I love this city and I believe in its future but we have been let down by successive governments,’’ she said.
‘‘Jobs are crucial to this city and it is fabulous to see the PBA working with the State government towards this, for example through the new Link Road which was completed on time and within budget.
She said she was committed to seeing this region prosper and exprssed concerned that businesses were being hurt by the carbon tax, with future growth threatened.
‘‘We will assist Penrith and its development by supporting this Advocacy Document and taking the interests of Penrith to Canberra,’’ she said.
An ABC Four Corners team filmed the proceedings.