The Chatsworth Business Breakfast had its inaugural event on Wednesday at the Pacific Golf Club in Carindale, organised by the office of Steve Minnikin Member for Chatsworth.
Speeches were given by Aunty Marg Lawton from Carina Youth Agency, Steve Minnikin and the main speaker Jann Stuckey MP Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. Paul Scarr, PanAust company secretary, was MC.
The change in State Government was the main topic addressed.
Mr Minnikin reflected upon the LNP’s win, the new cabinet and Campbell Newman.
“I don’t think ever before in modern Australian politics has any leader – male or female – been subjected to the viciousness of the attack that has been thrust upon Campbell Newman and his wife,” he said.
He also discussed Government debt.
“Like my parliamentary colleagues further said on the floor of parliament – every single minute that you hear me speak this morning, I, my wife, my family, all of you, all of your families, that live in Queensland, will be paying $10,888 per minute in interest,” Mr Minnikin said.
“The trouble with modern society is that it’s all brought down to news grabs – in the red corner, in the blue corner.
“People need to start understanding the real enormity of the task at hand, which is the reason why we need to have breakfasts like this, we need to have them across Brisbane, across the state, we need to hear, be given the opportunity, to probe, to ask questions of all of us. We are here because of you,” Mr Minnikin said.
Jann Stuckey said tourism and small business were neglected under the labor Government.
“Whether you are a local corner store in Carina or you have prime shopfront at Westfield Carindale, it’s a pretty similar story you hear from businesses,” Ms Stuckey said.
“Firms are facing a 2.9% increase in the minimum wage, 3.5% in electricity prices and 2% increase in workers compensation and 3% increase in water charges. You wonder why you’re hurting, that probably tells you why doesn’t it,” she said.
“Under the Newman Government we have a clear direction to improve those business conditions and give you a positive future for Queensland small business.”
“I am determined to re-empower our small business and tourism sectors.”
Ms Stuckey said this year’s budget was “tough” and that “tough decisions had to be made”.
“Nobody wanted to cut those jobs, nobody wanted to, but I raise this with you, how many people gave a rats when small businesses were going under? For a decade you were choking and suffocating under red tape.”
Ms Stuckey talked about new initiatives such the appointment of the red tape reduction expert panel, the ecotourism plan and removing the requirement for building applications for upgrading or repairing pool barriers.
“My government will be focussing on online resources to compliment existing range of services designed to develop business skills and capacity, promote and facilitate collaboration and help businesses expand or find new markets.”
Ms Stuckey discussed business.qld.gov.au.
“In June we launched a refreshed state government website for business and industry,” she said.
“The portal’s improvements include easier usability and a new search function. Already we’ve seen significant growth in small business accessing our online resource.
“It’s anticipated that the use of this business website will increase over 110% from the 2011 figures. With more than 42,000 users, with reported benefits of business $155 million. That’s not bad for a $5 million dollar investment is it folks?”
Ms Stuckey said that in the year to June 2012 the site had an increase from 100 customer guides to over 400. She said that the site has also experienced increased market penetration and brand recognition.
Going by the hands raised at question time, more time for questions with the ministers would benefit the format to allow for more interaction. Tickets to the event were $75 each.
Mr Minnikin says he aims to run the Chatsworth Business Breakfasts at least twice a year.