Opinion articles - 2019
13 February 2019
Launceston part of a strong Australia
This opinion article by Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott was published in the Launceston Examiner on Wednesday 13 February 2019. Snuggled in Tasmania’s breathtaking North, Launceston is one of the nation’s treasures. As the state enjoys strong economic growth, business and community leaders are keen to ensure the influx of visitors to Tasmania extends beyond Hobart into Launceston and the regions. Sharing the benefits of growth across Tasmania is top of mind, and developing the infrastructure to cater for the tourism industry’s expansion needs to enhance, not change, the unique character of the state. It’s important sustainable development balances Tasmania’s...
11 February 2019
Hobart - Strong business for better lives
This opinion article by Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott was published in the Hobart Mercury on Monday 11 February 2019. Business confidence is high on the island state, and it's clear that one of the biggest challenges facing Tasmanians is to capitalise on the enormous opportunities presented by the current trajectory of growth. It's vital to keep fostering new businesses and creating additional, better-paying and sustainable jobs. And to do this, Tasmania needs to attract greater private investment. The Business Council supports the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's calls for a strategic and costed infrastructure plan to spur regional development. The plan would...