Closure worry

Chamber president Leonie Kennedy is concerned about the Trade and Investment Office closure.
Chamber president Leonie Kennedy is concerned about the Trade and Investment Office closure. File

COFFS Harbour's Chamber of Commerce is worried that the State Government's announcement to close the Trade and Investment Office in West High St will have a negative impact on the local economy of more than $350,000.

This figure was reached having taken into account the closure of the Coffs office, job losses and related costs.

Of greater concern to the chamber is the fact that the office closure means small businesses in the area will now be serviced by the Port Macquarie office.

Chamber president Leonie Kennedy points out that the decision flies in the face of a pre-election promise by the Coalition.

"The State government recently released its NSW 2021 Plan of which a key component of the plan is to decentralise services and provide more support for Regional Australia," Ms Kennedy said.

"The decision to close several regional development offices around the state clearly shows there has been no demonstrated commitment on this. The service our local Trade and Investment office provided has been invaluable for our community."

Ms Kennedy added that the fact that offices as close together as Armidale and Tamworth are allowed to remain open is also questionable.

"Smaller offices with closer proximity to each other also remain open while businesses in Coffs Harbour are to be serviced by an office that is a two-hour drive away," she said.

Topics:  chamber of commerce economy jobs

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