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Small business issues in spotlight

Federal Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor.
Federal Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor.

CLARENCE Valley businesses are encouraged to express their views to the Federal Minister for Small Business, Brendan O'Connor, who will visit Grafton on Friday, April 20.

The newly appointed minister, who accepted an invitation to the North Coast from Member for Page Janelle Saffin, will meet the local business community at a luncheon at the Grafton District Services Club from 12 noon on that date which follows a breakfast at Lismore on the same day.

"For the first time, the Minister for Small Business is a cabinet position, putting him at the heart of Government decision making," said Ms Saffin.

"During his visit the Minister will be meeting with the Regional Manager of the Northern Rivers-NSW Business Chamber, John Murray, who is a strong advocate for local small business interests."

Mr Murray said he was particularly pleased that small business portfolio had been recognised with a Cabinet position and thanked Ms Saffin for strongly campaigning for this positive outcome.

Mr Murray said he encouraged the local business community to attend the meetings with the Minister.

"If you've ever said 'I wish the Government would do something about this' here is your chance to have your say."

Ms Saffin thanked Mr Murray and the Northern Rivers - NSW Business Chamber for their assistance with organising the two functions for the Minister's visit- a business breakfast in Lismore and a lunch in Grafton.

The Grafton and District Chamber of Commerce is keen to see a good turnout and executive officer James Patterson described it as a fantastic opportunity to speak directly with the Minister as he formulates the future work of his Department.

"We are encouraging business organisations to form a table of eight through their networks," Mr Patterson said. "We need small business, self employed, contractors, farmers and tourism businesses here so the Minister understands the Clarence Valley region better."

Topics:  brendan o'connor, small business




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