Ru­ral busi­nesses have a say

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LIS­TEN­ING TO LO­CALS: Fiona Simp­son, Colin Boyce and Richard Fair­ley, at Richard’s herb farm at Biloela.

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