Best for the region: Anne Parnham will lead the charge for business in Sydney’s south-west. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeANNE Parnham has made it her business to ensure the stability and future of Camden and of neighbouring areas such as Wollondilly, Liverpool and Bankstown.
Ms Parnham, the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce president, was named inaugural president of the NSW South West Regional Advisory Council this month.
The council will focus on the business needs of the region.
With the federal election six months away, Ms Parnham said the council would seek commitments from political parties regarding transport, infrastructure and tourism projects to ensure that the needs of local small businesses were met.
“There are a whole lot of small businesses who have gathered together to be one big voice and we hope to be loud enough to get politicians to agree to do things before we vote them in,” she said.
Ms Parnham said one central south-west Sydney business body would be better than individual chambers.
“We’ll have more of an impact and a 99 per cent more chance of being heard,” she said. “Campbelltown can actually be heard because we are bigger and with a professional group (NSW Business Chamber) behind us.
“Being the first point of contact and communication will allow me to be vocal for the region.
“Campbelltown is a priority for me, but it’s still a part of the entire south-west region, which together [with other communities] in one voice, can only be beneficial.”
NSW Business Chamber south-west Sydney area manager Michelle Caruso said the establishment of the council was a significant step forward for business in the region.
“(The council) gives the region a voice at the decision table of the NSW Business Chamber State Council,” Ms Caruso said.
“The NSW Business Chamber is one of the most well resourced chambers in Australia with a growing membership that has just reached 12,000. That’s a powerful force that our region can work with.”
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