Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

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

    State Government offers assistance to dry season affected business

    22/08/2006 3:31 PM

    Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough today announced a program of measures to help regional small businesses worst affected by the lack of rain.

    Mr Marlborough urged small business owners and operators in affected areas who were experiencing problems with cashflow, supplies or any other operational issues, to contact the SBDC’s free 131BIZ (131249) hotline.

    “In particular, our advisers will be concentrating on the areas of cashflow, debt management, business planning and sourcing other services and information for local businesses,” he explained.

    The Minister said that in addition, two SBDC officers had been made available for immediate appointments in the declared areas and more would be made available, if the demand was high.

    The declared dry season areas include Northampton, Chapman Valley, Mullewa, Greenough, Irwin, Carnamah, Mingenew, Morawa, Three Springs, Perenjori, Coorow and Dalwallinu.

    The Government’s $5.3million 2006 Dry Season Assistance Scheme announced yesterday will provide vital funding for farmers to pay for much-needed stockfeed and measures to address soil erosion.

    SBDC acting managing director Stephen Moir said the trickle-down effect of this funding to farmers would also be to the benefit of local small businesses.

    “We have a wealth of experience and expertise at SBDC and we are here to help small business owners make it through this tough time,” Mr Moir said.

    The small business assistance measures continue the Carpenter Government’s commitment to responding appropriately to dire seasonal conditions when and where they eventuate.

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