Lismore’s new Aboriginal economic development officer Steven Vallace with Mick Robert from GunnaWannaBe and Small Business Minister Peter Primrose.
Lismore’s new Aboriginal economic development officer Steven Vallace with Mick Robert from GunnaWannaBe and Small Business Minister Peter Primrose.

Aboriginal enterprises on the menu

NSW Small Business Minister Peter Primrose dropped into Lismore’s GunnaWannaBe cafe and gallery on Wednesday to launch a new initiative aimed at creating small business opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Ten new Aboriginal economic development officers will be employed around the state, one based in Lismore, to “tackle disadvantage at its roots by creating jobs and encouraging Aboriginal entrepreneurs to start up new businesses,” Mr Primrose said.

He also announced a new Aboriginal online business directory which is part of the NSW Government’s small business website.

“The online directory provides information on goods and services offered by Aboriginal businesses by industry and geographical location,” Mr Primrose said. “The aim of the directory is to promote Aboriginal businesses, thus assisting Aboriginal people and communities to achieve economic independence for themselves. I encourage Aboriginal businesses in NSW to seek listing on the directory.”

Mr Primrose toured the successful South Lismore cafe and gallery and sampled some of the boutique bush tucker prepared by owner and chef Mick Roberts.

He said the new economic development officers would be able to give practical support to Aboriginal people searching for business opportunities in their own communities.

The officer for Lismore, Steven Vallance, will be based in the Rous Water building in Molesworth St and said he would be able to offer individual assistance to new businesses. Steven’s number is 0457 803 854.


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