Supporting small business in the Far North


The Australian Government is unlocking the vast potential of northern Australia by helping small and medium tourism businesses to grow and succeed.

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald was in Karumba this week to launch Small Business Week in the Gulf with Gulf Savannah Development CEO, Annie Cork. 

“I am delighted to promote the Northern Australia Tourist Initiative and other Australian government assistance to small business in this very remote part of Queensland,” Senator Macdonald said.

The $13.6 million Northern Australia Tourism Initiative is one of a suite of programmes announced in response to Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, Senator Macdonald said. 

Gulf Savannah Development is one of a number of services across Northern Australia to receive a grant through Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Northern Australia Tourism Initiative (NATI), to provide low cost advice and information services to tourism small businesses and start-ups.

“This initiative is really making a difference, supporting tourism businesses in the north to market themselves to the world.

“The north has untapped potential, abundant natural beauty and talented people. It is also close to key trading markets in Asia.

“More business, trade and investment in the north helps all Australians through economic growth, more jobs, higher incomes and better living standards,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Combined with the tax cuts announced in the Budget, the Small Business Asset write off and reducing red tape, this is further evidence of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to growing small business, especially here in the North where these additional measures are also being rolled out.”

Tourism small businesses and intenders seeking further information can visit business.gov.au/ASBAS or call 13 28 46 or direct contact an ASBAS NATI provider in their local region.

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