LOCAL MP THOMAS GEORGE ROLLS UP HIS SLEEVES FOR SMALL BUSINESS

LOCAL MP THOMAS GEORGE ROLLS UP HIS SLEEVES FOR SMALL BUSINESS

27 July 2009

Thomas George MP, Member for Lismore, will be joining more than 80 of his State and Federal colleagues across New South Wales as they are put to work as part of the NSW Business Chamber’s annual Pollies for Small Business program.

Thomas George will be visiting Kyogle Retravision on Monday 27 July from 2.00-4.00pm and Bernie’s Bakery in Goonellabah on Wednesday 29 July between 8.00-9.30am.

Mr George said he was looking forward to the experience of being in a small business operator’s shoes for a day.

“Having been a small business owner, I know the important part it plays in the community. Pollies for Small Business gives me the chance to get back to the coalface and refresh myself with its highlights and troubles, but also gives small business operators the chance to raise their concerns directly with me,” said Mr George.

Stephen Cartwright, CEO of NSW Business Chamber said with much of the focus often on the big picture issues, some politicians can at times lose sight of the concerns of small business.

“Pollies for Small Business puts our politicians at the coalface and gives small business operators the chance to raise their concerns directly with their local MP. During a global recession that opportunity has never been more important.” Mr Cartwright said.

“Last year 102 State and Federal politicians took part from the major parties, greens and independents, including the Premier and NSW Opposition Leader.

“This is a great program. It helps businesspeople and MPs understand one another better and we should encourage and support any measures that can help achieve that”, Mr Cartwright concluded.

The NSW Business Chamber Pollies for Small Business program is run in cooperation with the local Chamber of Commerce network.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577