Supporting small business on the Coast

Small business is big on the Coast, and they need our support now more than ever.

L-R: Joanne Brealrely, Sharryn Brownlee, Jim Chalmers, Paula Martin, Emma McBride, Ian Hemphill and Katrina Woolcott.

11 March 2022


FEDERAL Member for Dobell, Emma McBride yesterday hosted a business roundtable at Mingara Recreation Club, alongside Shadow Treasurer, Jim Chalmers.


“I wanted him to hear firsthand from small business owners on the Coast about the challenges they’re facing post-lockdown,” said Ms. McBride.


“Many of them told us there’s a mismatch between skills and jobs availability, they’re struggling to keep up with skyrocketing rent prices, and they’re spending too much time navigating red tape issues.


“We need to do more to support small business on the Coast, and this starts with addressing the skills crisis.”


Labor’s plan for free TAFE will help do this by encouraging Coasties to take up a trade or training course in industries where there’s a skills shortage.


It will give job seekers the chance to find more secure work and it will help fill a gap in the workforce for small business.


“This week’s roundtable was very productive, and it was great to hear directly from small business owners in our community,” said Ms. McBride.


Some of the attendees include:


  • Joanne Brealrely from Jigsaw Autism Services at Tuggerah


  • Sharryn Brownlee from the Central Coast Council of P&C’s and joint owner of Ace Electrical Services


  • Paula Martin – Senior Director Regions and Visitor Economy for Business NSW


  • Ian Hemphill from Herbies Spices and Director of Central Coast Industry Connect


  • Katrina Woolcott – Business Manager at Business Wyong


“We want to work together to make sure small business has the support it needs now, and into the future,” Ms. McBride said.


“Because our economy matters and local jobs matter.”


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