Call for re­sponse to busi­ness sur­vey

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Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy wants more busi­nesses across the elec­torate to re­spond to a busi­ness sur­vey.

Ms Kealy said un­der­stand­ing the views and chal­lenges faced by lo­cal busi­nesses was cru­cial to the fu­ture wealth and sus­tain­abil­ity of the re­gion.

“Two thou­sand sur­veys were posted out late last year and al­ready the re­sponses are pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­sight,” she said.

“Among the find­ings so far is over­whelm­ing op­po­si­tion to Premier Daniel An­drew’s AFL grand fi­nal pa­rade pub­lic hol­i­day.

“Sur­vey re­sponses are again con­firm­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the AFL pa­rade pub­lic hol­i­day has come at a huge cost to lo­cal busi­nesses with many forced to shut their doors, cut staff or op­er­ate at a loss.

“Some busi­nesses in the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor ben­e­fit from a po­ten­tial in­crease in trade due to the pub­lic hol­i­day, but the large ma­jor­ity of our lo­cal busi­nesses suf­fer. In re­gional Vic­to­ria we rely on small and medium busi­nesses to pro­vide the ma­jor­ity of jobs for our fam­i­lies and young peo­ple.

“I en­cour­age any­one who has not yet re­sponded to my busi­ness sur­vey to please do so be­cause it is not too late.”

Peo­ple can re­quest a copy of Ms Kealy’s sur­vey by email­ing emma.kealy@par­lia­ment.

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