O’Brien: small businesses the heart of communities
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien told State Parliament that small businesses were the heart of local economies when he delivered a Member's Statement earlier this week.
Speaking about Korumburra Business Association’s (KBA) recent Community Connect event, Mr O’Brien said having 120 business owners in attendance was a show of faith for the local business sector.
“I am a strong supporter of small businesses, they are the lifeblood of their communities, and it is inspiring to see a group like the KBA getting such large numbers involved in their events,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I encourage local businesses to join the KBA to ensure they have a united voice to all levels of government and with the rest of the community. I look forward to working with the business association and wider Korumburra community on a number of significant issues.”
Mr O’Brien said two issues of particular importance were the continued redevelopment of the Korumburra Secondary College and the Northern Towns Water project, but disappointingly both were overlooked by the Melbourne Labor Government in Tuesday’s State Budget.
“The Northern Towns Water Project would augment Korumburra’s water supply and that of neighbouring towns to provide a single efficient system which would avoid costly individual upgrades to small treatment plants,” Mr O’Brien told the Parliament.
“In addition, the certainty of water supply would enable growth in local businesses, such as Burra Foods, which would otherwise not be possible.”
Mr O’Brien said there was strong support within the community for the upgrade of the Korumburra Secondary College.
“The college services not only Korumburra, but communities such as Loch, Nyora and Poowong, where the population is growing,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Families in these areas need to be assured that their children will have access to a facility that caters for their needs now, and into the future.
“It is vital that all students in Victoria – whether they live in the city or country – get a quality education and that our teachers are supported with first-class facilities to deliver the best outcomes for their students.”
Mr O’Brien said the former Coalition Government committed $5.6 million towards Stage 1 of the Korumburra Secondary College redevelopment and made an election commitment to the tune of $9 million to fund the remainder of the rebuild.