August 04, 2015

Ballina jobs summit sets task list for local MP

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has thanked the local community for coming together to look at long-term solutions to grow sustainable jobs across the region.

Reporting back from the Jobs Summit held last week, Ms Smith said, “The Summit was a great success and the overwhelming feedback was that it was an important thing to do and people came away with a shared understanding of where the priorities for growing sustainable jobs lie.”


60 local business owners, industry and government representatives, jobs service providers and educators participated in the Summit which aimed to address the question of driving sustainable jobs growth within the Ballina electorate.

Ms Smith said, “The Summit identified a number of major road blocks to local job creation including access to fast broadband, public transport, the lack of a regional brand to highlight the region to the country and world and a general lack of understanding by decision makers in Sydney about the issues on-the-ground in regional areas.

“The meeting has asked me to take up these issues with the Government and that was the point of the summit. It is a task list for me and I know when I advocate for these things in the Parliament that I do so with the backing of the local community and in support of sustainable jobs,” Ms Smith said.

The Jobs Summit Summary and Outcomes document is attached. Copies of the presentations from the day can be made available on request.

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