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Google This: Regional Online Heroes



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The Hon Michael McCormack MP Minister for Small Business Federal Member for Riverina

MEDIA RELEASE

5 December 2016

Google This: Regional Online Heroes

TOOWOOMBA based AGDATA Australia has taken out the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) and Google 2016 Regional Online Heroes Award at the Google Masterclass in Sydney tonight, where Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack praised the business and all finalists for their success.

“It is great to be here tonight to meet the 2016 Regional Online Heroes finalists - businesspeople who have shown through their success that geography is no limit to achievement,” Mr McCormack said.

“Regional Australia is a fantastic place in which to live, work and invest, and these businesses prove that it is also a great place to start a small business.

“I want to thank the RAI and Google for again hosting this event to showcase these innovative regional businesses that are using technology to reach out to new markets both here in Australia and around the world.”

Minister McCormack joined fellow judges, digital entrepreneur and Birdsnest founder Jane Cay; founder of Bridestowe Lavender Estate Robert Ravens; RAI CEO Jack Archer; and Head of Small Business at Google Australia John Ball, in announcing the Regional Online Hero for 2016.

“It is an honour to announce the Regional Online Hero for 2016 - AGDATA Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“Based in Toowoomba, AGDATA grew from a local family farming business to provide an innovative digital platform designed to boost agricultural production.

“The platform delivers farmers the tools, data and information resources to help make informed decisions about their crops and markets.

“With 20 employees and more than 22,000 customers, AGDATA truly is a great example of how businesses can succeed in regional Australia and I congratulate AGDATA on its win.”

AGDATA was one of 10 finalists selected from large competitive field of entrants judged on how the business had grown using the internet, its aspirations and entrepreneurship, and its contribution to the local community.

“These finalists have proven their success using technology to build their businesses and have shown they have a plan to continue to grow and create jobs,” Mr McCormack said.

“As a regional MP, I understand that small businesses make a vital contribution to regional economies, especially when it comes to employing locals, and these Regional Online Heroes finalists are engaging and empowering their local communities.

“This year’s Regional Online Heroes finalists hail from Penola to Pambula, from Lismore to Longreach and from Swan Hill to Moree, with each delivering a unique product or service to market.

“I congratulate each of the finalists for their successes and wish them well in their future endeavours.”

Mr McCormack said that the Coalition Government is delivering for small business to boost the economy and to create jobs.

“The Coalition Government is committed to delivering for small business through lowering the company tax rate, instant asset write offs and unincorporated tax discount,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Government is also supporting small businesses through the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and the Australian Small Business Advisory Service.

“Only the Coalition understands and back Australia’s small businesses.”

ENDS

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Background Note

Regional Online Heroes 2016 Finalists:

AGDATA Australia, Toowoomba, QLD Blackbooks Tea, Cairns, QLD

Corporeal Health, Northam, WA Crowd Carnivore, Pambula, NSW George The Farmer, Penola, SA Local Farm Produce, Bundaberg, QLD Off The Track Training, Longreach, QLD Penny Evans Art, Lismore NSW Rabbit Hop Films, Moree, NSW Simply Rose Petals, Swan Hill, VIC

For more information on the finalists, judges and competition, visit the website at: http://regionalaustralia.org.au/regionalonlineheroes2016/.