Call for response to business survey
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. vic.gov.au.