Media Release – Federal Minister Confirmed For Forum


The Federal Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack MP, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the fourth annual Wide Bay Burnett Regional Economic Development Growth Forum, to be held on November 9, at the Brolga Theatre, Maryborough.

Minister McCormack, the Federal Member for Riverina in New South Wales, is an experienced member of the Turnbull Government and in his current portfolio is responsible for the nation’s 3.2 million small businesses.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett executive officer Scott Rowe said it was an honour to have the Small Business Minister attend the annual forum.

“In previous years we have had guest speakers including Queensland Senator Matt Canavan and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash speak so it is another great opportunity for the community to hear directly from the Minister for Small Business,” Mr Rowe said.

“In June 2016 there were 2.17 million small businesses nationwide so government policy and support for small
businesses is relevant and crucial to further economic prosperity. That alone should motivate people to attend
the forum.

“Small business remains the engine room of the economy so it will be interesting to hear the Minister’s insights
and thoughts on the government’s direction and policy to grow small businesses.”

Prior to entering Parliament, Minister McCormack began his professional life as a journalist at The Daily Advertiser newspaper in Wagga Wagga. He also co-founded a media and publishing small business which he
co-owned for 11 years prior to entering Parliament.

He was elected as the Nationals’ Member for Riverina in 2010. Prior to being appointed as Minister for Small Business in 2016, he was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Assistance Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.

This years’ FREE forum unites business, industry and political leaders to showcase the region’s achievements
with a focus on innovation, export and emerging regional economic development opportunities.

Minister for State Development, Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham is also confirmed to offer a keynote address at the conference.

Furthermore, the forum will feature a panel discussion by mayors from Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North and South Burnett and a facilitated session highlighting expansion and innovation achievements by local businesses including Gympie’s Nolan Meats, South Burnett’s Moffatdale Wines, Fraser Coast’s Select Patient Care, North Burnett’s Smart Berries and Bundaberg’s Pacific Tugs.

The forum, from 9.30am to 3pm on Thursday 9 November includes a free networking lunch. The event is FREE
and registration can be secured here.

For further information please contact Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Executive Officer Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.