Trevor Watts MP launches 2020 Toowoomba North Small Business Advisory Committee

LNP Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts launched the 2020 Toowoomba North Small Business Advisory Committee today, with a meeting of 10 small business representatives from a diverse range of local industries.

Mr Watts said today’s discussions identified a number of weaknesses in Queensland’s legislative framework and the impact those weaknesses are having on small businesses across Toowoomba North.

“It’s very evident small business owners are becoming increasing frustrated by the administrative burden associated with government institutions including QCTA and Workcover,” Mr Watts said.  

“Small business owners are concerned about our region’s long-term water security and how it’s potentially discouraging investment in our region.

“They’ve also identified skills shortages and a lack of certified training opportunities for emerging industries.

“Undoubtedly, there is a role for the State to play in addressing some of these concerns.

“Most importantly however, small business owners have sent a clear message about the need to reduce regulatory interference to allow small businesses to grow, employ more people and improve productivity and profitability.

“Small business underpins our local economy.

“Toowoomba North has an incredibly diverse and dynamic small business community.

“The feedback I received today will help inform legislative and regulatory changes that will make life easier for small business owners and encourage more small businesses to thrive.

“Improving business confidence and reducing the burden of government administration is an important part of promoting growth across the small business sector and supporting local businesses which have been an integral part of our local community for generations.”

For more information about the Toowoomba North Small Business Advisory Committee, visit or phone (07) 4602 2100.