Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has welcomed the announcement that Mr Adam Zarth will take on the role of as Executive Director of Illawarra First and the Illawarra Business Chamber.

“The appointment of Adam Zarth to this key role builds on the outstanding success of his predecessors to date,” Mr Ward said.

“I’ve worked closely with Adam as a long serving chief of staff in the NSW Government, where he has been instrumental in supporting the running of major portfolios like health and disability services.

“In addition, he was a strong advocate for our region serving with former Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka. In this capacity, Adam worked closely with me to deliver the Restart Illawarra Fund which has brought enormous economic benefits to our community.

“Elsewhere he has proven his public policy and advocacy credentials both in the Victorian public service and in private enterprise.

“I have no doubt that Adam’s experience and background will make him a powerful voice for the businesses of the region. I look forward to working with him to ensure our region continues to see investments that drive economic growth, diversification and jobs.

“The region’s businesses and particularly small business is the beating heart of our regional economy and I know Adam shares my passion for ensuring that they have a strong voice and committed advocate.

“I take this opportunity to warmly thank Chris Lamont who has done an incredible job. Chris has gained the respect and trust of the Illawarra community and his tenure has left a positive impact on our region and its future,” Mr Ward concluded.