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Thursday, 25 July 2019
Page: 1033

Mr WALLACE (Fisher) (13:43): Our 20,000 small and family businesses in Fisher are at the heart of our prosperity on the Sunshine Coast. A central part of my mission as a federal member is to do everything I can to support and promote them in our region. For many in 2019, effective use of digital and social media platforms can make all the difference to their success. That's why I invited Google to the Sunshine Coast last year to hold a terrific small business workshop, and it's why I've been working with Facebook over recent months to get them to Fisher to do the same.

I'm delighted to say senior representatives of Facebook are on the coast this week, and tomorrow they'll be holding one of their Facebook Community Boost events at the Caloundra RSL. We had to move this event to a bigger venue after a huge amount of interest, and, even with 300 seats, it was sold out within hours—not that it costs any money; it's free. Facebook's team will be holding interactive workshop sessions on how to manage your business on Facebook and Instagram, how to take advantage of mobile technology effectively, how to grow your business on Facebook and how to use stories creatively to boost one's revenue. These sessions will be fantastic for local businesses in every sector, and I'm grateful to Facebook for coming and showing their commitment to the Sunshine Coast.