GRIFFITH Business Chamber has issued a blunt ultimatum to local election candidates – support our vision or lose our support.
The chamber will this week begin approaching the 16 candidates for next month’s Griffith poll, urging them to support its 10 Big Ideas document, a “big picture” blueprint for the city’s future.
The broad-ranging policy wish-list includes a push to secure water through the basin plan, a focus on affordable and reliable air travel to and from the city, a tourist promotional strategy, lobbying for tertiary education facilities and a host of other platforms.
Chamber president Paul Pierotti said only candidates prepared to actively push the 10 Big Ideas would garner the support of the local business community.
“We’re asking them to commit not only in principle, but as an absolute policy priority,” Mr Pierotti said.
“There could be 100 big ideas for Griffith but these are the ones we see as mandatory, not optional.
“Those that commit to backing the ideas will get our support and those that don’t, won’t.”
He said the “working document” would provide a framework for councillors to follow.
“Being a councillor is a tough job and there are budget constraints and things that come up all the time,” he said.
“It’s very easy for them to lose sight of the long-term, big picture objectives.
“Council has not really been clear in the past on what their higher objectives are.”