Our Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro continues to utilize the ever improving Pacific Highway on his January tour up north. Following visits to Coffs Harbour, Clarence and Lismore (details here!), John travelled south to drop in on Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead and Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen to deliver some cracking announcements.
The southern leg of the journey kicked off at a Business Breakfast fundraiser in Tuncurry with Stephen Bromhead, where John announced two grants for the local community. The Blackhead Surf Lifesaving Club received $10,000 to make their territory more accessible for less mobile community members, while the Manning River Rugby Club will now be able to improve their playing field with a $14,000 grant.
Next on the list was Taree, where Minister Barilaro launched the Mid North Coast Connected regional investment prospectus, which highlights the latest research on our regional economy, its key industries, competitive advantages and the major opportunities for business investment. John also toured the Taree TAFE Campus, inspecting the designs of a new Nursing and Allied Health facility and a new Aboriginal Student centre.
In Gloucester John was spotted pie in hand with connoisseur Michael Johnsen, Member for Upper Hunter. Visits to the Upper Hunter are rarely devoid of pie-eating, as Michael introduces his fellow MPs to his strict pie-judging process.
The formalities of the tour resumed as John joined the local business leaders and Chambers of Commerce to talk small business in regional communities. John then continued on to the Drifta Camping Kitchen site, one of the major employers in Gloucester. The business boasts an impressive 50 fulltime-equivalent employees and 15 apprentices in cabinet making and metal engineering.
Stay tuned for our final edition of the Busy Barilaro series to find out what John was up to in Port Macquarie and Oxley.
Missed part one? Catch up here!