EMBATTLED business owners across Griffith will have the chance to air their grievances to the region’s political candidates when they gather at the Visitor’s Centre today.
The biggest billboard in the Southern Hemisphere is currently en route to the city as the NSW Business Chamber ramps up its “Small Business: Too Big to Ignore” campaign.
The “skyboard” will be stationed in the Visitor’s Centre car park from 5pm and all Riverina candidates have been invited to introduce their policies on supporting small business.
Griffith Business Chamber president Paul Pierotti said the response from the candidates had been “overwhelmingly positive” with most committing to attend and he urged people to head along and have their own say.
“It’s never been tougher for small business and retail especially is on its knees with costs going through the roof,” Mr Pierotti said.
“Turnover and profits are declining and if people want jobs in this community in the future, we need to do something urgently.”
Mr Pierotti urged the politicians to present workable plans of what their parties would do to improve life for small business owners.
He agreed Griffith was a “forgotten city” and said politicians needed to focus on the future, rather than what they had done in the past.
But he said people needed to speak up for what they wanted.
“These guys will be here, people need to talk to them,” Mr Pierotti said.
“People have got to remember, we vote in our local member – we don’t vote for prime ministers.”