THE federal election might have been run and won but small business is determined to continue its fight to be heard in Canberra.
Before the election small business, headed by the NSW Business Chamber, launched the Too Big To Ignore campaign.
On the eve of last Saturday’s election the Too Big To Ignore SkyBoard Roadshow rolled into Nowra.
Hosted by the Shoalhaven Business Chamber, the SkyBoard, the southern hemisphere’s largest mobile billboard, was erected in the Tourist Information Centre car park last Friday afternoon.
The four-storey sign was hard to miss – and that was the idea.
Nowra was stop number 50 of the SkyBoard Roadshow tour, which travelled to regional and metropolitan centres, playing host to a series of events to bring the community together and demonstrate that small business is the lifeblood of the town.
President of the NSW Business Chamber Terry Wetharall said it was time small business was recognised in Canberra and that it was “too big to ignore”.
He has vowed that small business would not back away from its fight.
“There are two million small businesses around the country which employ more than seven million people,” he said.
“We are one of the largest employers.
“We need governments to recognise that small business is important.
“And for that reason our fight will not stop with the election.”
Mr Wetharall said the organisation would continue to be the voice for small business and continue to push for the Big 4 issues - cutting red tape, making the taxation system simpler, making employing people easier and improving infrastructure.
Shoalhaven Business Chamber president Warren Seccombe said the Shoalhaven had 7500 small businesses that employed around 96 per cent of the workforce in the region.
“Small business is doing it tough, we all know that and that is why we have to try to make things simpler,” he said.
“We need to cut the red
tape, make the taxation system
simpler, make employing
people easier and improve infrastructure.
“On that front we are pushing for the Princes Highway to be upgraded – it is currently under-funded.
“We want to see it made a road of national importance and get federal funding.
“And of course we need a
third river crossing as soon as possible.
“We need to have a voice and we need to be heard and that is what this campaign is all about.”