AN expansion of Rivwest Finance Limited’s office on Talbragar Street in Dubbo is a new opening for small business in western New South Wales, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.
Joining local Nationals’ MP Mark Coulton, Mr McCormack opened the new office building and celebrated the firm’s 21st birthday with employees and clients today.
“Rivwest is a real regional small business success story – and today’s expansion is another injection of confidence in Dubbo and communities throughout western NSW,” Mr McCormack said.
TOPICS: Michael McCormack’s small business roadshow, penalty rates, small business tax cuts, confidence in regional small business.
PRESENTER: [Question on penalty rates]… we’re going to see some action on this?
McCORMACK: Well as I travel around the countryside – and certainly last year I started a nationwide tour of small businesses with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in fact – and I was told in most states apart from South Australia, where energy is their biggest issue, that the number one issue was Sunday penalty rates.
TOPICS: Michael McCormack’s small business roadshow, penalty rates, small business tax cuts, confidence in regional small business, fires in the Warrumbungle Shire.
PRESENTER: Penalty rates are front and centre of political debate with the decision yesterday of the Fair Work Commission. The Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, has been in Dubbo alongside the Member for Parkes Mark Coulton. Minister, good morning.
THE confidence of country communities and encouragement to think local and shop local were front and centre as Small Business Minister Michael McCormack and Parkes MP Mark Coulton toured Dubbo small businesses this afternoon.
In western NSW as part of his nationwide small business roadshow, Mr McCormack praised the city’s upbeat attitude and said it was central to building vibrant country communities.
“Coming from the country myself and having run a country small business, I understand how confidence is crucial in employing people and the expansion of a business,” Mr McCormack said.
Officers from the Department of Employment and the Department of Human Services have been on hand to help workers affected by the closure of the meatworks in Cootamundra.
The support was mobilised by the Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business last Friday, immediately after the closure was announced.
“I have spoken with my State Parliamentary colleague, the Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson and the management of Manildra Meatworks to hear first-hand how the provision of information and support is being delivered and received by workers at the site,” Mr McCormack said.
ELECTRICITY prices almost double that of New South Wales and Victoria sees South Australian businesses significantly disadvantaged, small business owners have told a Regional Small Business Roadshow held by Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack.
In Murray Bridge on the second South Australian stop, Mr McCormack and local MP Tony Pasin met with small business in a tour to hear more about how the Federal Government can help Australia’s small businesses.
“There is no better way to understand the needs and aspirations of Australia’s small businesses than to meet with them directly – in their shops, farms and offices – to hear firsthand how the Government can help,” Mr McCormack said.
PRESENTER: Well, in the studio this morning is the Federal Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, brought in by our local Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin. Good morning, gentlemen.
McCORMACK: Good morning.
PASIN: Good morning.
PRESENTER: Now, let’s talk about small business. We hear that here in Murray Bridge there is a move to combine some of the smaller entities into a larger one in order to focus more on small business in the region. Now, I understand that you are going to have an opportunity to discuss that in Murray Bridge today.
SOUTH Australia’s sky-rocketing electricity prices are a handbrake to the State’s small businesses, according to the first meeting of the nationwide Small Business Roadshow.
Starting today in Kingswood, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack and local MP Nicolle Flint heard how South Australia’s energy costs hamper growth and expansion, leaving small business uncertain about its future.
“South Australia’s Federal MPs have told me how the State’s energy market and prices leave small business counting the cost, which is why I wanted to come and meet small businesses directly to hear how the Federal can help,” Mr McCormack said.
The announcement of Cootamundra Meatworks’ closure is a devastating blow for the community.
This means around 200 jobs will go in Cootamundra, with the factory set to close next Friday.
As Cootamundra’s largest employer, the impact of this for the Meatworks’ workers, their families, friends and the community will be hard-felt right across the region, as well as in local butchers and other small businesses to which the Meatworks is a supplier.