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Shock as small biz office closes

Murwillumbah chamber president Toni Zuschke says the NSW government is too Sydney centric.
Murwillumbah chamber president Toni Zuschke says the NSW government is too Sydney centric. TWE160511toni

BUSINESS leaders are concerned about the lack of support for small business in the Tweed after the NSW government announced the closure of its Enterprise, Small Business and Regional Development operations.

The NSW Government said in a statement that some regional offices were closing, including Tweed Heads, because of a "refocus of resources".

Tweed businesses will be serviced by the Lismore office.

Presidents of the Kingscliff and Murwillumbah chambers of commerce were concerned that small businesses on the Tweed were already at a disadvantage and closure of the state government's small business operations in the area was another hit.

Murwillumbah chamber president Toni Zuschke said the closure was not a surprise.

"As far as Sydney is concerned the buck stops at Lismore," Ms Zuschke said.

"About 80% of our businesses in the Tweed are in small business. Only 2% of businesses employ more than 100 employees."

"There is not being enough done to support us."

Kingscliff chamber president Dennis Eyre said the closure meant there was a lack of direct action from every level of government for small business on the Tweed.

"We have just had too many roadblocks," Mr Eyre said.

"They (NSW Government small business centres) were very important."

According to the NSW Government, small businesses can contact Small Business Connect from July 1 to receive "grass roots" business advice and support.

The $5 million project would give "access to a statewide network of skilled advisors."

Topics:  enterprise, tweed heads



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