May 20, 2021
South Burnett Regional Council and seven South Burnett business and community groups signed the Small Business Friendly Councils charter on Wednesday.
The seven groups were the Blackbutt District Community Organisation, Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Maidenwell Community Group, Murgon Business and Development Association, Nanango Tourism and Development Association, Proston Round Table and Wondai Business Networking Group.
The charter is an initiative of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner (QSBC) Maree Adshead, who has been encouraging Queensland councils to keep small business issues and priorities in mind when making decisions for the local community.
Ms Adshead said the signing of the charter in the South Burnett was the most involved and committed she had witnessed yet.
“Signing the SBFC charter is a positive demonstration by the South Burnett Regional Council that it values its small business owners and the role they are being called upon to play in driving our State’s economic recovery,” she said.
“Not only are small businesses important to the economy of the region, they bring vibrancy and identity to the community.
“Local councils are often the first port of call for small businesses when starting up or making a change to the way they operate.
“That is why it is so important that South Burnett Regional Council has made this commitment to build on its awareness of their needs and priorities when making decisions and developing policy that affects the small business community,” Ms Adshead said.
Mayor Brett Otto said it was important to support small businesses not just to create jobs and to advance the economy, but to ensure everyone in the South Burnett community has a purpose in life.