Treasurer walks away from small business on trade waste

Tasmanian Labor
  • Trade waste issues forcing small businesses to close
  • Peter Gutwein ignores TasWater’s calls for assistance
  • Promises to fix trade waste have been abandoned
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    Treasurer Peter Gutwein has walked away from his promises to prevent Tasmanian
    businesses from closing over expensive trade waste issues.

    August 2017, the Treasurer said:

    “TasWater’s single-minded trade waste policy is having a devastating
    impact on hundreds of businesses around the State. In fact, I’ve been
    told it has actually contributed to businesses shutting down. It’s absolutely ridiculous
    and it needs to be stopped now before it destroys more Tasmanian businesses.”

    Minister for Regional Development and Small Business, Anita Dow, said the
    Treasurer today confirmed in Parliament, that TasWater – a business the
    Government owns – wrote to him seeking $75 million to help industrial and small
    business meet their compliance obligations.

    has also written to Labor, saying:

    “It is important to note that the expense of complying with
    environmental regulations also jeopardises the viability of many smaller
    commercial operations like local bakeries, cafes or hairdressers who, though
    small, collectively employ just as many people in Tasmania, especially in our

    the Treasurer claiming he had fixed these issues, this letter has exposed the
    truth,” Ms Dow said.

    have small mum and dad businesses being forced to close because they can’t
    afford these costs and the Premier has stood by and watched this happen.

    “The Treasurer failed to secure funding from his Federal colleagues and he has made it clear there will be no additional funds in this week’s budget to prevent more business closures in this state.”

    Anita Dow MP

    Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Small Business

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