Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced the united Liberal Teams to contest the 2017 City council elections in Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Mr Ward said the centrepiece of the Liberal Teams will be its Jobs Action Plan with a target of 10,000 new jobs in the region.

“Our Wollongong and Shellharbour Liberal teams have real plans that will deliver real results,” Mr Ward said.

“Since coming to Government in 2011, we have seen over 20,000 jobs generated in our region. Contrast this with Labor’s record which saw jobs slashed and burned through mismanagement, corruption and waste.

“Wollongong’s Deputy Lord Mayor and Councillor John Dorahy will lead our team as our candidate for Lord Mayor. Cr Dorahy will ensure that Wollongong has a voice that is respected by all levels of Government and business.

“Nathan Cattell will lead our team in Shellharbour. As the Manager of Killalea State Park, unlike Labor’s Marianne Saliba, Nathan understands that Shellharbour residents want services – not City Hub’s.

Cr Dorahy said he made no apologies for setting an ambitious jobs target.

“We will be revealing our Jobs Action Plan over the course of the campaign, but I make no apology for setting an ambitious target together with Nathan Cattell,” Cr Dorahy said.

“This Lord Mayor has become the patron Saint of lost causes. Be it Ski Gong or the redevelopment of the Botanic Gardens, we need Councillors that bring people together and get things done.

Lead Shellharbour Liberal Nathan Cattell said he’s committed to the issues that matter to local families.

“The City Hub certainly took care of one job. But I want to see investments in this City generate opportunities for locals and work in partnership with Wollongong to take advantage of regional growth and opportunities.

“Whilst we are two Council areas, our Cities should be economic and social partners that share one ambitious vision with a consistent message – the Illawarra is open for business,” Mr Cattell said.