Northern Rivers Business Magazine
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE IN NSW ECONOMY HIGHEST IN THE NATION
NSW has further cemented its place as the number one state for business with new figures out recently showing that capital expenditure in NSW was the highest in the nation for the first time in over a decade.
Capital expenditure in NSW reached $6.9 billion in the June quarter in real terms - higher than any other State for the first time since 2005. In annual average terms, capital expenditure in NSW increased by 0.4 per cent while in the rest of Australia it declined 13 per cent.
Figures from the ABS - which cover capital expenditure in equipment, factories and other buildings - also show capital expenditure in the rest of Australia is still in decline.
Businesses do not invest for the sake of it; they invest because they are confident in their trading conditions, confident in their outlook, and confident in their government.
Locally we can see this expenditure in action, the Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment, the Pacific Highway upgrade and a new Tabulam Bridge.
The NSW Government has also recently announced the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, created to deliver infrastructure to help regional economies expand and to improve the amenity of people living in regional NSW.
After the long exodus by businesses during the Labor years the momentum is back in NSW, our economy is steaming ahead and businesses are voting with their feet, increasingly investing in NSW above any other state.