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No to Shooters and Fishers Plans for Sydney

Release Date: 21/09/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has proclaimed the latest intervention by the Shooters and Fishers Party into governance arrangements for the City of Sydney, as politics at its worst.
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “The proposed legislation should be rejected by the NSW Government as it has nothing to do with improving the City of Sydney and everything to do with the agenda the Shooters first revealed with their dodgy two votes for business legislation last year.
“The argument the Shooters are running, that reduced boundaries would encourage investment by business in the development of the CBD, ignores the fact that the private sector is showing confidence in the future of the city with billions of dollars’ worth of investment including new hotels, commercial and residential buildings already approved or at application stage for the CBD.
“The Sydney Business Chamber, and other business groups, advocate for fewer local councils across the Greater Sydney Region, so it would be illogical to propose or support, at the same time, shrinking the boundaries of the CBD.
“The City of Sydney’s submission to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future Inquiry, revealed a council that is providing services for business, big and small, and demonstrated its ability to manage major developments such as Green Square.
“If it was broken we would argue for change, but the City of Sydney staff work closely with key business groups on projects that are in the interest of business.
“It was regrettable that the NSW Government backed the specific changes to the business vote for the city, introduced by the Shooters, instead of putting up their own proposal and we would urge the Government to consult with business on this proposal.
“Excising parts of the city and merging them with adjoining councils ignores the reality that in future years parts of the city that are predominantly residential will represent new commercial centres to support the CBD,” said Mrs Forsythe.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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