THE Liverpool Chamber of Commerce meeting last Wednesday was a chance for NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to hear local concerns and to promote the government.
This was the third year at a Liverpool chamber meeting for the Premier, who is the Minister for Western Sydney.
He had previously spoken one-on-one with local media but this year heard questions from the floor.
Mr O'Farrell spoke for 30 minutes about topics including the work the government was doing to create employment, save money and strengthen the economy.
He talked about improving infrastructure, health and education in south-west Sydney and NSW.
"We will ensure the public continue to get a say in local planning," Mr O'Farrell said.
He also spoke about improving roads in the area and moving ahead with the $400 million M5 West widening project.
Mr O'Farrell understood the chamber's desire for more help to build the local economy.
"Like me they understand that economic growth creates jobs, economic growth creates wealth, economic growth creates opportunities," he said.
But he added he needed to stick to the budget. "We can't fix the state unless we run a tight ship," he said.
Afterwards, he answered questions for 15 minutes.
Grace Fava asked Mr O'Farrell to visit the Autism Advisory Support Service, and sought more mental health facilities. Mr O'Farrell said instead of building a facility in the area his government would prefer to fund a service.
Other topics included a second Sydney airport and coal seam gas.