Rural businesses have a say
SMALL businesses had their say about how they want to grow jobs, build the local population and create a better future for the region at a forum in Biloela hosted by Callide MP Colin Boyce in Biloela, attended by LNP Small Business Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson.
Ms Simpson, said there was strong and positive feedback about the future of this region.
“Meeting farmers in the herb industry was fantastic where they are growing half of Australia’s produce. There are things happening in this region which are innovative and cutting edge but the message was clear, whether it’s this industry or others, there is a need for the State Government to better understand and support agribusiness,” Ms Simpson said. “Other business owners also advocated for decentralisation of government services, to support local communities, cutting unnecessary red tape, better support for regional skills and training, fairer terms of payment from larger businesses to smaller businesses, help to market the advantages of living in rural and regional communities.”
Mr Boyce said rural and regional populations are in a decline because of services not being available.
“When people have to travel to a larger centre to seek medical or professional advice, they then take shopping elsewhere which detracts from the local economy,” he said.
“It’s important to look at every way we can bolster local services to attract people to work, live and raise families in this area.”
LISTENING TO LOCALS: Fiona Simpson, Colin Boyce and Richard Fairley, at Richard’s herb farm at Biloela.