Priorities for small business in regional Queensland
CCIQ Director of Advocacy Nick Behrens delivered a keynote address at the inaugural Regional Universities Network conference in Rockhampton last Friday.
The 2016 Regional Futures Conference was the first conference of its kind to specifically address the challenges facing regional Australia and draw attention to the many ways in which universities can work with government, community and industry, to drive innovation, engagement and research, and create vibrant, successful futures for regional economies and communities.
This conference, organized by CCIQ partner CQUniversity, brought together academics, politicians, and community and industry leaders to focus on Economic, Healthy, Sustainable, Digital and Creative futures. Importantly, it enabled delegates to connect, share their knowledge and establish new collaborative research and engagement partnerships.
Mr Behrens discussed priorities for Queensland’s regional businesses.
“There are common challenges that businesses face regardless of where they are located across Queensland, however every region has unique strategic advantages as well as specific business issues which require an intimate knowledge of the lay of the land,” he said.
“Regional issues are front and centre for CCIQ: Queensland’s regional economies make an important economic contribution.
“Regional businesses provide the foundation for their economic growth, make investments in economic and community infrastructure and provide employment opportunities.
“CCIQ values the resilience, strength and vibrancy of regional businesses and want to ensure that businesses across the state are provided every opportunity to be profitable, grow and employ.
Mr Behrens said regional businesses were given an opportunity to contribute to the CCIQ policy and advocacy agenda through a series of regional business workshops, consultation activities and direct one-on-one business case studies held across the regions.
“This engagement has culminated in the development of a series of regional reports that will serve as the key reference document for CCIQs advocacy agenda.”
Regional Queensland Business Challenges:
1. Cost of energy
2. Level of economic activity and demand
3. Cost of telecommunications
4. Access to adequate telecommunications
5. Recruiting employees with appropriate skills
6. Local Government
7. Penalty rates and public holiday entitlements
8. Workplace Health and Safety
9. Cost of transport
10. Unfair dismissal legislation
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