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Monday, 24 February 2014
Page: 716

Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (16:41): I would like to highlight the achievements of a local small business within the Petrie electorate, Woody Point Pharmacy. Woody Point Pharmacy is a locally owned and operated business that has been nominated for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Pharmacy of the Year Awards. This is a massive achievement for such a small, husband-and-wife-operated pharmacy and a brilliant testament to the endurance of small-business operators like this throughout the Petrie electorate. The pharmacy has been nominated for its achievements in business management, innovation in professional services, and excellence in community engagement. Steve Flavel's pharmacy is now a top-10 finalist, and I would like to congratulate Steve and his team of nine staff for their nomination.

I believe small businesses are the driving force behind our local economy. They play an integral role within our communities, and it is important that we get behind them and support these businesses to help them succeed. I am proud of the coalition government's commitment to building a stronger economy, creating more job opportunities and reducing red tape to allow small businesses to get on with the job. Congratulations to Steve and all the team at Woody Point Pharmacy. I wish them luck with the nomination.