Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was today joined by local Mayors and Business Chamber Presidents for a meeting with NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Planning Rob Stokes to highlight the importance of economic growth and regional investment.


Mr Anderson said today’s meeting was about letting the Premier and Planning Minister hear first-hand that the Tamworth electorate is open for business and we are ready to work with industry, embrace change and the opportunities that come with it.


“The delegation discussed creating opportunity and investment in the Tamworth electorate and the creation of jobs as well as the growth of Gunnedah in relation to mining but also the strength of agriculture and its importance to our regional economy.


“While some regional centres in New South Wales struggle with scale and capacity and declining population, we were keen to update the premier and planning minister on how our region is growing, in particular Gunnedah which has enjoyed population growth and increased investments on the back of a strong economy. My focus is to look at opportunities across all sectors to continue that trend in our centres.


“We know that in regional NSW we rely on new investments to help drive growth which has positive effects right throughout the community by creating jobs and opportunities for existing businesses to grow.


“In a changing environment it’s important not to rely on one sector, diversity of industry is the key to growth and that’s why we need a strong agricultural sector and strong industry such as mining and manufacturing.”


The delegation included:

  • Gunnedah Mayor Owen Hasler
  • Liverpool Plains Mayor Andrew Hope
  • Narrabri Mayor Conrad Bolton
  • Tamworth Regional Mayor Col Murray
  • Tamworth Business Chamber President Lia Mahony
  • Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce President Jamie Chaffey
  • Member for Tamworth

Kevin Anderson



Mr Anderson said he was encouraged by the delegation’s passion for our region and looks forward to continuing to work with them to help build a better region.

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