BACKING local small businesses and ensuring communities throughout the Mallee electorate are a great place to live, work and raise a family is top of today’s tour agenda for Nationals’ candidate Anne Webster and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

Anne Webster said the tour included a visit to the Mildura Sports Precinct and to project ideas along the Mildura Riverfront.

“We know the Mallee electorate is such a wonderful place, with a great potential for families to live, work and get a good education,” Dr Webster said.

“That’s why I want to continue to ensure we have the small business support, as well as the facilities and services we need to grow and prosper into the future.

“And that’s why I’m excited to have the Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader in the region today who shares the same values and to see some of the projects I know are a priority to strengthen this region’s future.

Dr Webster said sport is a vital and vibrant part of the fabric of life in country communities.

“I am delighted The Nationals in Government are investing to make sure Mildura has the facilities we need and deserve,” Dr Webster said.

“A proper sports precinct will not only make sure our local communities have better facilities, but it will help attract more carnivals and tournaments and that will bring tourism dollars to the community as well.

“That will flow to local small businesses and help them grow and create even more local jobs.”

Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said it was important the tour included meetings with local small businesses while in the region to hear ideas and get feedback.

“Small business – whether that’s farmers, local shops or manufacturers across the Mallee electorate – are such an essential part of the local economy,” Mr McCormack said.

“I know Anne Webster is passionate about backing local small businesses so they can grow, invest in themselves and create even more local jobs.

“We have cut the small business tax rate to its lowest level since the Second World War, but Anne Webster and I want to back Mallee’s small businesses even more.

“Just this week, the Liberal and Nationals’ Government increased the popular instant asset write-off – where businesses can purchase the equipment they need and write it off against its tax immediately – to $25,000.

“No matter what a business needs – whether that’s a run-around car, photocopier, a new lathe or a coffee machine for a café, we want them to have a go and invest in themselves.

“We know this means Mallee businesses will buy products locally. This will keep even more money flowing around local economies and creating local jobs.

“And that’s exactly what The Nationals want to help encourage and I know Anne Webster is backing Mallee’s small businesses all the way.”

Shane Manning