Jason Millward has been appointed to overcome hurdles to creating employment on the Fraser Coast.
Jason Millward has been appointed to overcome hurdles to creating employment on the Fraser Coast.

Entrepreneurs don't need red tape

RED TAPE is a niggling obstacle to employment opportunities on the Fraser Coast that must be addressed as a priority, a Federal Government representative has been told.

Jason Millward, who was appointed local employment coordinator for the Wide Bay region by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations late last year, said yesterday that a discussion paper was being prepared on the bureaucratic hurdles faced by entrepreneurs looking at setting up a business here.

“It’s an issue the committee felt very strongly about,” Mr Millward said following a meeting of the advisory committee set up to highlight employment concerns in the region.

“The bureaucracy is there to ensure the right thing is done but should not be seen as an impediment to employment and the development of opportunities. The right thing should be done for the right social reasons.”

The advisory committee is made up of industry body representatives, employers, employment services representatives and indigenous representatives.

Both the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg regional councils are also represented on the committee.

“Some of the issues are not confined to local government.”

Mr Millward said the discussion paper would be put to all three levels of government in a few months.

The difficulties businesses come up against when trying to set up in the area have emerged as one of the hard problems since the Federal Government identified Hervey Bay as an economic downturn employment blackspot.

“Once we get that right and can cut through the red tape, it will begin to flow and the opportunities will come, bringing vibrancy to the region.”



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