Business forum for Gippsland

A BUSINESS forum to be held in Traralgon this month aims to provide an economic overview of Gippsland.

The Gippsland Business Leaders’ Forum, the third in a series of six forums being held state-wide, aims to facilitate direct discussions between regional businesses and the State Government.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the “program of direct engagement” would build on previous consultation between business and government in Gippsland.

He said each local business attending would also receive an “individual follow-up by the Department of Business and Innovation on firm specific issues raised”.

Mr Ryan said the forums, the first of which was recently held in Bendigo, would provide “an economic overview of the Victorian, regional Victorian and Gippsland economies with discussions focused on specific Gippsland issues and opportunities to improve business productivity and growth by working in partnership with the State Government”.

Statewide the forums aim to provide 500 businesses with those opportunities.

Mr Ryan said the forums would be an important source of feedback for the government on key issues such as investment attraction, skills and workforce development, market access, government regulation and sector-specific issues.

Mr Ryan said the process expanded on the State Government’s new Business Engagement Model, developed through the Department of Business and Innovation “which aims to build enduring relationships with individual businesses to promote productivity and growth”.

Participation in the forum, to be held in Traralgon on Tuesday, 20 September, is via invitation.

Businesses interested in attending can phone the Regional Business Forum Events Team, Department of Business and Innovation, on 9651 9949 or via email