BORDER small businesses have been urged to lend their voices to a campaign to get a better election deal from the major political parties.
The “Small business, too big to ignore” campaign will be brought to Albury on Friday at 8am.
That will involve a large mobile billboard — dubbed “SkyBoard” — being set up in QEII Square.
Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce chairman David Koschitzke said the NSW Business Chamber took the “NSW Deserves Better Bus” around before the last NSW election.
“Representatives of the NSW Business Chamber board of directors and management, along with representatives from the local chambers of commerce, will be on hand to meet small business owners and hear what is happening throughout regional NSW,” he said.
“When the SkyBoard arrives in QEII Square, we want to meet with the community and hear their stories about life as a small business owner, employee or resident.”
Murray-Riverina NSW Business Chamber regional manager Ben Foley said chambers united to launch the campaign in April because it was clear the needs of small business were not at the forefront of political thinking.
“There are two million small businesses in Australia employing more than seven million Australians,” Mr Foley said.
“Our political leaders tend to forget this vital statistic.
“This campaign was never about men in pinstripe suits making long speeches — it’s about real people telling their real stories.”
Mr Foley said there would be “just real people having a chat and sharing their stories”.
“We welcome any political candidates who want to come along while we are in their town to highlight their small business credentials,” he said.
“But I’m going to put them on notice — we will be calling them out on their support, and asking them to demonstrate what they are going to be doing, should they be elected, to make it better for the small business community in their electorate.”
Regional Express will show its support for small business on the Border when it flies in and out of Albury airport in one of 10 aircrafts branded with the “Small business, too big to ignore” logo.
Rex network strategy and sales general manager Warrick Lodge said while Rex was the largest independent regional airline, issues facing small business such as red tape, tax, employing staff and infrastructure were all critical issues that also faced regional aviation.