A MELBOURNE business summit has heard small changes can make a big difference to local companies.
Strategem Financial Group chief executive David Richardson attended the VECCI Victoria Summit at state parliament last week.
He said one idea – providing Wi-Fi internet access on trains – could have huge benefits.
“So when you get on a train in Bendigo you would log onto the service,” he said.
“I just got back from Europe where you could plug a laptop into the seat in front of you to access services.
“There were a lot of smaller ideas like that which were quite interesting.
“It would be good for VECCI to put pressure on the government to follow up on some of those things people in Bendigo would benefit from.”
Mr Richardson said improving infrastructure in places like Bendigo would ease the burden on Melbourne.
“It’s a great place up here to do business,” he said.
“It’s a great place to visit for holidays and for tourism.
“Better roads, better rail, and funding for things like the airport and the aquatic centre should be pushed as a priority.
“They would help ease the burden on metropolitan areas.
“One of the recommendations from the summit was that when a government is put into power after an election, they would be required to spend two to three half-day blocks inside a business environment.
“This would give an understanding of the red tape and the operational burdens businesses face on a day to day basis.”
Local companies are generally travelling well, Mr Richardson said, with some areas stronger than others.
“Some sectors are finding it tough at the moment,” he said.
“Overall trading conditions remain quite flat.
“However Bendigo continues to experience a diverse range of businesses which continue to grow to meet the ongoing needs of the Bendigo community.”
Mr Richardson said it was very positive to have the issues raised.