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NSW Roundtables to strengthen government consultation with small business.



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Media Release The Hon Fran Bailey, MP

6 April 2006

NSW ROUNDTABLES TO STRENGTHEN GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION WITH SMALL BUSINESS The state of small business activity in New South Wales, and strategies for further expansion of the sector, will be the focus of a series of roundtable meetings to be staged around the State. Three roundtables are scheduled to be held in the State, with the opening session in Queanbeyan on 7 April to be followed by further meetings in Wagga Wagga on 11 April and Dubbo on 12 April.

The roundtable sessions will provide small business owners with the opportunity to speak directly to the Minister about issues affecting their enterprises. Information and advice about matters that impact upon aspects of small business activity will also be presented at each of the meetings.

“These Roundtables will allow the Government to gain a better insight into the day-to-day issues currently faced by people throughout the small business sector. More specifically, they will allow us to work together in determining the key issues and concerns currently affecting small businesses in New South Wales - and to help us identify the best ways of responding to them,” Fran Bailey said today.

CPA Australia, an organisation representing a substantial reservoir of skills that small businesses can access, will be providing leading industry advice on mentoring and succession planning.

The roundtable meetings are designed to complement a range of other consultative processes already underway, and are an important part of the Howard Government’s commitment to meeting regularly with small businesspeople.

“I strongly urge all small business owners to take advantage of the roundtable process. Small businesses make a fantastic contribution to the New South Wales economy, and this is a great opportunity for us to come together and work out what we can do to make things even better,” Fran Bailey said.

Each of the consultations will last for around two hours, and people interested in attending are invited to register via e-mail to osb@industry.gov.au. Further information is also available at www.industry.gov.au/roundtables.

Media Contact: Kevin Lowe (02) 6277 7450 or 0408 404 468