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Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils

Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly


Media Release - AusIndustry Grant to Lift Environmental Practices of Small Businesses

November 15, 2007

MACROC through Cambelltown City Council has successfully obtained an AusIndustry grant of $322,080 inclusive of gst to train and mentor businesses in environmental best practices. This is an Australian Government funded initiative under the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business program.

Up to 210 businesses employing less than 20 people will be mentored and trained over two years till December 2009.

Cr Rob Elliott, the MACROC President sees this as "a great opportunity for some of the 53,100 businesses in the Macarthur-Liverpool region to not only lift their environmental standards but also enhance their profits".

"The training and mentoring provided will be free which makes it very affordable for small businesses to build their environment credentials without any cash outlays."

"The training and mentoring program is innovative in two ways: First, it leverages unique competencies of Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre, Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, University of Western Sydney and MACROC in the delivery of different components of the program. Second, achievements of the businesses participating in the program will be acknowledged through an awards system, starting at bronze and progressing to silver and gold. The awards will be widely publicised, raising the profile of companies participating in the program, thus giving them a competitive edge"

"We have received great support for this program from Campbelltown, Camden and Narellan Chambers of Commerce who believe that capabilities of small businesses in the area of environmental practices will be strengthened as a consequence. Similarly, letters of support have come from the four councils – Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly – and the Honourable Pat Farmer MP for Macarthur"

"The program will be launched in early 2008 and I invite companies to participate in this program."

Media Contact:

Rob Elliott
Mobile: 0407191452