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Regulations easier for Gold Coast/Tweed region business.



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The Hon Fran Bailey MP Minister for Small Business and Tourism

Media Release

20 April 2007

REGULATIONS EASIER FOR GOLD COAST/TWEED REGION BUSINESS

The Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Fran Bailey, today launched Seamless Borders, a single entry point for small and home-based businesses via a web portal and help services in the Tweed/Gold Coast region.

"It reduces cross-border regulation for small businesses and provides a single information entry point for businesses on both sides of the Queensland and New South Wales borders," Fran Bailey said.

"The Gold Coast/Tweed region has also formed an alliance with the Albury/Wodonga region, which will make similar benefits available to businesses in that region."

The South East Queensland Seamless Borders project was supported by the Australian Government with funding of $570,000 from the Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund (RRIF).

Fran Bailey presented project partners Gold Coast City Council, Tweed Shire Council and Tweed Economic Development Corporation representatives with an AusIndustry certificate of achievement in recognition of the project's contribution to cutting red tape and compliance costs.

"The project team has also collaborated with other Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund projects in Queensland and New South Wales, providing more small and home-based businesses in the region with access to benefits that will reduce their compliance burden," Fran Bailey said.

"One of these projects, the SEQ Toolbox, has a facility for storing and presenting web information about regulations, and this information will now be available not only for the Tweed, but for any New South Wales council.

"This provides better access to regulatory information for any small business starting up, or expanding their operations in both states."

The Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund is part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to make it easier for small business to thrive and flourish.

Media contact: Kevin Lowe 02 6277 7450 0408 404 468