The The Macleay Valley Business Chamber Executive, at its most recent meeting, voted to strongly support Expansion of the Kempsey Airport Business Park.
“The Chamber Executive is committed to the growth and future prosperity of our region and we support expansion of the Kempsey Business Park and its projected delivery of jobs and economic growth, “said Chamber President, Mr Gary Scott.
“Major projects such as this, hard won with delicate negotiations, extensive research and community consultation, are an asset to our businesses and the people of our town,” he said.
“Economic modelling data shows the Business Park’s key tenant, The Australian International Aviation College, will, when operating at full capacity, create a significant economic impact for the broader Kempsey community.
“Most importantly the College is expected to generate 58 full time jobs and associated spending would create a further 226 full time jobs in local businesses for the men, women and teenagers in our community who could otherwise face unemployment or seek opportunities elsewhere.
“This positive job creation would be a result of the college students spending around $8.7 million per year locally on living expenses, entertainment etc. and accompanying international visitors spending an estimated $200,000 in our local community.
“Opportunities such as this are rare economic stimuli for regional towns and if nurtured well can attract and create other positive opportunities to take our region into a healthy future.
“Towns across Australia are calling out for new opportunities such as this and we have one established and growing in our midst.
“We need to protect the future of our region as a whole, encourage job creation, and protect and nurture our region’s reputation as a Smart country town.
“We would hate to forfeit the hard yards and investment already travelled on the Airport Expansion and potentially lose this opportunity if the big picture and the benefits are not embraced by our community, its business and residents.”
The Macleay Valley Business Chamber will meet this Thursday 23rd March at 5.30pm at the Kempsey Macleay RSL Club where we welcome Chamber members to discuss our support for the Airport Business Park as well as learn more about an an innovative Digital Marketing Training Program to be conducted on behalf of Kempsey Shire Council by Marketing specialist, Kirsten Basford.
For further Media Information Contact: The Macleay Valley Chamber President Gary Scott
Phone: 0447 554 587 or Executive Officer, Sonia Fingleton Ph: 0414 376 868