Small Business Breakfast with Neale Burgess
Fifty small business owners and community leaders from greater Frankston joined Neale Burgess to hear about driving strategic change from within; a decentralised approach.
Making local decisions at the local level is clearly what the Committee for Greater Frankston (C4GF) was formed to do.
Mr Burgess told the gathering he was passionate about “talking locally” to learn how government could help small businesses help themselves.
Our feedback to the MP about what was important to small business and what would generate more employment in the region included:
- “When money was being spent in the region, it should be directed towards ‘lasting infrastructure’ not hobby horse projects.”
- “Just make government policies ‘easy to do business with’– we can do the rest.”
The MP for Hastings spoke passionately about the importance of developing Melbourne’s second container port at Western Port: “This is not about jobs at the port but the thousands of additional employment opportunities created by local businesses.”
C4GF estimates that a major shipping port linking to global logistics would boost worker productivity from $40-45 per hour worked (the Southern Metro Industrial Precinct average) to more than $60 per hour (Port of Melbourne average).
Mr Burgess said the Liberal-Nationals Coalition remained committed to development of a port at Hastings, and called on Frankston Council to confirm its long-standing support for the project. (In early May, the council voted to not continue supporting the port, which it had voted to support in September 2015 along with Mornington Peninsula Shire and the City of Greater Dandenong.)
More information about the proposed port is on the MP’s website:
On behalf of Neale Burgess, Shadow Minister for Small Business and State Member for Hastings, the Committee for Greater Frankston is
inviting you to a local Small Business breakfast.
At this breakfast, Neale is very interested to hear your views about any major policy or government infrastructure obstacles that your business faces. We would also like to share with you possible ways Frankston businesses and government can collaborate together to support small business growth.
If you are truly interested in the future development of our region and helping shape the political agenda for Small Business I would strongly encourage you to attend this gathering.
When: Wednesday 17 May 2017
Where: Functions By The Bay at Frankston Football Club, Plowman Place, Frankston 3199
Time: 7.30am for breakfast
Cost: $30 for a full breakfast
Payment: On the day (cash preferred)