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‘Real actions’ need to flow from government’s business review

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July 13, 2017

ECHUCA’S tourism boss has welcomed the Victorian Government’s second small business regulation review but said he hoped it would not just be a ‘‘talk fest’’.

ECHUCA’S tourism boss has welcomed the Victorian Government’s second small business regulation review but said he hoped it would not just be a ‘‘talk fest’’.

The state government is requesting feedback on the SBRR which aims to reduce red tape and regulatory burden for tourism and visitor-focused small businesses in Victoria.

Mr Smith, the departing Echuca Moama Tourism chief executive, said it was great to see the government focusing on the visitor economy.

But said while he appreciated there were processes it was important this was ‘‘not just a talk fest and real actions flow’’.

‘‘The areas identified for focus are important and if real change is achieved it will assist small business,’’ Mr Smith said.

‘‘The key areas identified for attention are certainly key strengths of our region and any changes that lead to ‘a maintenance of our quality experiences and services but also reduces the work load on small business operators’ will have the potential to positively impact on our region.’’

The five focus areas to prompt discussion are licensing processes for tour operators and other visitor service providers; wine industry regulatory burdens that have an impact on tourism; regulations that have an impact on small events and festivals including health and safety; food handling regulations for small accommodation providers; and barriers to establishing new innovative tourism ventures.

Mr Smith said it was important small businesses ‘‘grasp the opportunity’’.

‘‘And make sure their voice is heard at the state level ... this is a real opportunity and I encourage business operators to make a submission,’’ he said.

‘‘A further issue in our region ... is cross border issues. Clearly the Victorian Government will not see this as important however when businesses which operate along the border have to deal with two totally different sets of rules it becomes a ‘‘red tape’’ nightmare.

‘‘Action in this area would certainly assist local businesses.’’

The small business regulation review – visitor economy action statement is expected to be released in early 2018.

To make a submission or register for a focus group visit smallbizreview.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au

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