Forum gets down to business …

A PROPOSAL to establish a Derwent Valley business association has been given a ringing endorsement with about 50 locals attending a forum to discuss the plan.

The event attracted representatives from small business, tourism, retail and hospitality sectors.

The event also attracted high-powered support from Small Business Minister Madeline Ogilvie, Energy Minister Guy Barnett, Mayor Michelle Dracoulis, TCCI Business Manager Stacey Joseph and former mayor Ben Shaw.

Plans are now under way to formalise the association which will be, unlike the former Business Alliance, independent
of council.