The southern hemisphere's largest billboard was in Deniliquin yesterday, showcasing a message to support small business.By Cass Savellis
Deniliquin hosted the ‘Small Business - Too Big To Ignore’ campaign roadshow yesterday, which featured the southern hemisphere’s largest moveable billboard.
NSW Business Chamber and Deniliquin Business Chamber representatives, Farrer federal election candidates, local government representatives and local business owners gathered in Civic Place at noon at the base of the towering skyboard, which dwarfed the adjacent two-storey council chambers.
About 50 people heard from Farrer candidates Ken Trewin (Katter Party) and Gavin Hickey (Labor).
Conargo Shire Mayor Norm Brennan relayed a message from sitting Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, who couldn’t be there, while Deniliquin Chamber president Chris Heikkinen also addressed the crowd.
Campaign member Ellie Brown recognised the support Deniliquin had shown for the Too Big to Ignore message.
‘‘Support from the town and what the Deniliquin Business Chamber has done is absolutely phenomenal,’’ she told the crowd.
‘‘I know first hand about small business, being involved in my local chamber and being a small business owner myself.
‘‘Small business owners are risk-takers by nature who put everything on the line to start up on their own.
‘‘There are more than two million small businesses in Australia and if they could each employ just one more person, there would be no unemployment.
‘‘But the government ignores this fact. Already 85,000 voices have joined our cause on the Too Big To Ignore website, and you can too.’’
The roadshow aims to make politicians from all persuasions stop, listen, and respond to the needs of small business across the country in the leap up to the September 7 federal election.
The roadshow, which will finish in Canberra, invited local business owners to have their say and record a video message as part of the campaign.
Visit www.toobigtoignore.org.au to learn more about small businesses uniting in the lead up to the federal election.
Deniliquin Business Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges, KAP candidate Ken Trewin, Labor candidate Gavin Hickey, Too Big To Ignore member Ellie Brown, Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick, Murray-Riverina NSW Business Chamber regional manager Ben Foley, Deniliquin chamber president Chris Heikkinen and Conargo Shire Mayor Norm Brennan.
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