By Rolf Fuchs
New South Wales goes to the poles on the 28th March 2015 to elect the next state government. Smarter Macarthur was wondering what this could mean for Campbelltown, and the Macarthur region. We decided to interview some candidates, and some prominent members of the community to get their opinions.
In this article we summarise our interview with Greg Warren, Labor's candidate for Campbelltown. Greg talks about his background, as well as his vision for Campbelltown. We also talk to Rick Fitzpatrick, President of the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce. Rick shares his views on the need for better infrastructure and support from government to support local businesses. For the full interview, please watch the video.
Greg is the Labor candidate for the state election. He has lived in the local area for 18 years and is the manager for Grace Records Management in Campbelltown.
Q. What do you see as the major issues for Campbelltown leading into the state election?
A. Definitely I think services as well as infrastructure, as well as resources for our growing region. With a growing population as everyone knows you need those services to keep up.
Q. What do you see as the major opportunities for Campbelltown and Macarthur at the moment?
A. I think moving with the growth is one of the major opportunities, we are seeing the growth coming in. We are seeing the opportunities for businesses to expand. I would personally like to see more government departments come out here.
Rick is the Principle of The Fitzpatrick Group and president of the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce. Rick has had an accountancy practice in Campbelltown for over 27 years.
Q. How do you think the state government can help businesses in Campbelltown?
A. This is one of the things I was reflecting on earlier. I don’t think anyone is talking about the tax side of things. I think payroll tax is still an issue that keeps getting swept under the carpet. A lot more businesses are now having to pay payroll tax. It seems a ridiculous tax to have to pay for employing people. Stamp duty also needs to be looked at, it is a heavy impost on home purchasers.
Q. Why should local businesses join the Chamber of Commerce?
A. I think we are a voice for the small business in the area. The chamber voice has grown substantially in the last few years between Campbelltown, Narellan and Camden. We are always getting the local government representation, we are also getting everyone who is involved in state politics. We also occasionally get Russell Matherson from the federal government attending. Everyone has probably heard about the Business Event of the Year, we get 600 people along to that. The greater the numbers we get together the greater voice we have.
With the state election a little under three months away now is the time to contact your local candidates and let them know what is important.
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