Burnie to host Election Forum

North West Coasters will have the chance to hear party policies on key issues affecting the region, when Burnie hosts a Federal Election Forum at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Tuesday 7 June at 4:30 pm.

An initiative of three business groups of Burnie (Burnie Chamber Commerce & Industry, Burnie Tourism Association and City Link) and supported by Burnie City Council, this forum will provide the opportunity for the political parties to present their policies on the NBN roll-out, support for small business, and the future of Burnie Port in relation to the coastal shipping reforms.

Chaired by Sue Smith, the Forum will highlight these issues with an introduction by an industry expert. A political representative will then be given the opportunity to present their policies on these issues. There will also be provision for questions from the public.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “With the Federal Election campaign in full swing, this is the perfect opportunity for voters to get a better understanding of the party policies regarding issues that directly affect our region.”

“Industry experts include Ian Newman who will present on freight issues; Darren Alexander who will speak about the NBN roll-out, and Kirk Pinner who will present on issues facing small businesses.”

Ian Newman has held a range of consulting and senior management roles across the freight and logistic sectors in Tasmania and internationally. He has experience in freight, rail, container shipping and road freight logistics and in supply chain and logistics planning.

Darren Alexander has been involved in the Tasmanian ICT industry for the past 16 years. He is the CEO of Autech, one of the most awarded ICT companies in Tasmania, winning more than 24 State, National and International awards. His passion is Tasmanian small business, ICT and in particular the NBN.

Kirk Pinner is a local businessman recently awarded the Australian Institute of Management 'Owner Manager of the Year'. He is a Tasmanian Hospitality Association Major Private Training Partner who has also been a finalist in the Tasmanian Training Provider of the Year and the Australian Small Business Awards.

Political party representatives who will be participating in the Forum will be announced shortly.

The Election Forum will be held in the Burnie Arts and Function Centre Theatre commencing at 4:30 pm.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net