Andrew Wallace embarks on small business road trip

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace will spend four days on the road next week visiting businesses throughout the Sunshine Coast and talking about the future for local industry. Mr Wallace will visit Glasshouse Mountains, Beerwah, Currimundi, Mooloolah, Mooloolaba, and Caloundra speaking to business owners about how we can grow the number of jobs on the Sunshine Coast and how we can train local people to do them.

Mr Wallace said “In the past year 40,000 small businesses on the Sunshine Coast have begun to benefit from lower taxes, more straightforward paper work and new incentives to invest. The dividends of these changes are already flowing to the community with more Australians employed today than ever before.”

“Now is the perfect time to get out there and get feedback from businesses on the ground. I want to find out how the Government’s new measures are being used and what impact they are having. I want to know what more we can do to get businesses offering even more employment and, crucially, higher pay.” he said.  

Mr Wallace will also be discussing education reforms and local skills shortages.

He said “Increasing employment and incomes on the Coast is not just about creating more jobs. It is also about getting local people the skills they need to succeed. The Government has invested $266 million extra in schools in our community, and made important reforms to university and VET funding, but I know that we have local skills shortages, especially in the trades. I want to find out from local businesses what we need to do to get home-grown people trained in the skills they need.”

Businesses who are particularly keen to receive a visit from Mr Wallace should contact his office on 5493 5556. Mr Wallace will be in Glasshouse Mountains and Beerwah on 1 August, Currimundi on 2 August, Mooloolah and Mooloolaba on 3 August and Caloundra on 4 August.

He said “I want to meet as many business owners as I can next week and I will be flat out. So if you want to chat, make sure you give me a call! I am committed to helping make the Sunshine Coast the place to be for education, employment and retirement. To do that we need a broad and diverse range of industries succeeding on the Coast, so whatever your business, I want to hear from you.”

The Business Road Trip is part of Mr Wallace’s Winter Consultation Blitz, which so far has included six Listening Posts and five community information sessions.

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