Spring 2009

Northern Rivers Business Magazine

Spring 2009

Thomas rolls up sleeves for Small Business

Each year I have the wonderful opportunity to reacquaint with my previous profession as a Small Business owner. I joined with more than 80 of my State and Federal colleagues across NSW as part of the NSW Business Chamberís annual Pollies for Small Business program.

I teamed up with local entrepreneurs to experience a fraction of their daily activities.

In Murwillumbah I worked at the Newsagency owned and operated by Bill and Glenda Kirkwood who run a very professional outfit with their family and staff. Issues of concern were the privatization of lotteries and the changes to legislation regarding display of tobacco. I then travelled to Kyogle Retravision to spend time with outlet owners Robert and Vicki Leadbeatter.

My work at Bernieís Bakery, with Bernie Hauville and his team in Goonellabah, was cut short. I must tell you about an added feature of my practical experience this year.

I witnessed first hand the issues of safety in the workplace and how easily accidents can happen and how important it is to have trained and caring staff to not only assist with first aid but also in maintaining customer service during this time. Thankfully the staff were very professional and compassionate when I had a fall and broke my nose. The way they looked after me was a real credit to Bernie and his hardworking team. The experience further instilled the importance of first aid in the workplace.

Additionally, I would like to thank the Ambulance and Lismore Base Hospital Accident and Emergency Department staff who were magnificent in assisting me during this unfortunate time.

I am always contactable at my office; 55 Carrington Street, Lismore, Phone 66213624, Fax: 6622 1403 or e-mail: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au.

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