Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Community sets new direction for small business in southern regions

    30/08/2006 2:00 PM

    Small Business Minster Norm Marlborough today announced the establishment of a new Small Business Centre to service the region from Pingelly to Bremer Bay and Kojonup to Lake Grace.

    A volunteer steering committee has developed and adopted a strategic plan for the new centre, which will receive funding support from the State Government.

    Mr Marlborough said the steering committee, with representatives from the business associations and shires of Wagin, Katanning, Narrogin and West Arthur, and the Wheatbelt Development Commission, were to be congratulated.

    “The success of the State Government’s Small Business Centre network is dependent upon the co-operation and support of local organisations and I congratulate those who have stepped in to help get this new centre up and running,” the Minister said.

    Mr Anthony Howe, president of the Narrogin Chamber of Commerce, has been elected the chairman of the steering committee, and Mr Neil Butterworth has been appointed centre manager.

    “The steering committee’s strategic plan will ensure all small businesses in the region’s 19 local government authorities have access to the centre,” Mr Howe said.

    “The manager will initially be positioned in Wagin, from September 14, but will be available to visit businesses in all towns within the region.”

    One of Mr Butterworth’s first priorities will be to visit representatives of local government and businesses to identify needs and develop partnerships.

    “We will be looking to establish ways of strengthening and maintaining small businesses in this region for the future,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The new Small Business Centre will be officially named and opened in Wagin on September 14.

    In the meantime, all small business advisory services are available by calling 131 BIZ (131 249).

    Minister's office - 9213 6500