Fiona Simpson swaps Speaker seat to get behind counter
MEMBER for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson is swapping her comfy parliamentary Speaker's chair for a standing spot behind the counter at a Cotton Tree newsagency this week.
She's getting her hands dirty at the coalface as part of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's inaugural Pollies for Small Business initiative.
It's Small Business Week this week and the aim is to encourage people to spend their dollars in their own backyard.
"We want to see the local economy thrive and more jobs for local residents," Ms Simpson said.
"The heroes of our Sunshine Coast economy are small business. They are the ones who are responsible for creating an extra 12,000 jobs in the last 12 months on the Sunshine Coast.
"Small businesses employ local people, support our schools, sports and community groups and drive our local economies, so it's up to us to make sure our dollars are put to good use to keep our local communities thriving."
Ms Simpson will work in the newsagency this Saturday, dubbed Buy Locally Sat
urday, as the culmination of the week.
"A newsagency is a real hub of the community," she said. "You see everyone come and go buying everything from their Lotto tickets through to their Sunshine Coast Daily.
"But it really is a very practical way of seeing the role that small businesses and their staff play in serving local consumers."
Cotton Tree News owner Darren Coultan said he was looking forward to putting his local Member of Parliament to work selling newspapers, magazines and lottery tickets.
"It is good to see MPs doing their bit," he said.
Planning is already under way for the Sunshine Coast Daily's Town Proud buy-local campaign, which was widely embraced by traders and shoppers alike when it launched last year.
The campaign, which won a PANPA newspaper industry award last month, will return in November 2014.