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Former Premier heads business group

FORMER Labor Premier and Toongabbie MP Nathan Rees has found a new way to champion the west - as CEO of the newly-formed Penrith Business Alliance.

Mr Rees said the Alliance would promote the region, represent the interests of business and the community and work with governments and businesses to maximise job growth.

He said the Alliance would take an active role in keeping jobs in the region.

“At the Alliance, we want to help create the jobs of the future.  We will actively identify market opportunities for investors and existing businesses, and we will facilitate partnerships between companies to take advantage of emerging opportunities, such as Badgery’s Creek Airport,” Mr Rees told Access.

“The Alliance is receiving tremendous support from the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, who have provided accommodation in Penrith.”

The board is chaired by Paul Brennan AM, and includes directors from the Western Sydney University, and local business champions.

“Over coming weeks and months we will work with local businesses and governments to create a five-year plan that details the service and infrastructure priorities for our region, and how to deliver against them,” Mr Rees said.

“A united vision, that everyone can get behind, is an essential part of our future. Help us make it a reality.  I’d love to hear your ideas, and look forward to working with you”.

Mr Rees said opinion and business leaders in the west had a responsibility to convert Western Sydney’s potential into real growth, real jobs and greater investment.

“I love Western Sydney.  I was born in Guildford, educated in Northmead, and have lived in Bullaburra (near Lawson in the Blue Mountains) and Wentworthville,” Mr Rees said. “As an MP, I proudly represented the electorate of Toongabbie.

“It’s clear to me that there are great opportunities right across Western Sydney, from Hawkesbury in the north, to Camden in the south.   

“Western Sydney is home to one in ten Australians, and has an economy of $90 billion.  We have great schools, hospitals and sports and cultural facilities.

“And, of course, our greatest asset is our people.  Hard working, proud locals who help drive the Nation’s economy.”



Michael Walls
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