Andrews government ignores the needs of small business
Written on the 24 March 2016
Ormond traders in the electorate of Bentleigh who thought the level crossing removals were going ahead in June of this year - in preparation for the disruption to their business - took out loans, bought stock and made plans to make up for the losses during the busy Christmas and January trading period.
Without warning however, the scheduled works were brought forward to exactly this time - disrupting their trading ability.The decision to do this without any warning or consultation has been devastating and what has transpired in some instances is very serious indeed.
Traders have had their businesses decimated - yet they still have wages to pay, loans to pay, rent to pay and tax to pay. Some are laying off staff and others are closing down.Despite this dire situation, to their astonishment they have been completely ignored by the Andrews government. A group of Bentleigh traders requested the minister responsible, the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Mr
Dalidakis to meet with them in November but the minister was unavailable until late February, he told them.
Pictured at with Shadow Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises Neale Burgess and business owners near the Ormond Level Crossing on North road, in the Bentleigh electorate.
My adjournment speech on the issue is HERE