Busi­ness put on hold

Canning Times - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

THE fu­ture of busi­ness in­cu­ba­tion ser­vices in the City of Canning re­mains in limbo fol­low­ing a third re­quest to de­fer dis­cus­sion at coun­cil, this time from chief ex­ec­u­tive Arthur Ky­ron through Mayor Paul Ng.

But three of the 11 coun­cil­lors were not happy with the de­vel­op­ment.

On June 19, coun­cil­lors voted 8-3 to de­fer the busi­ness in­cu­ba­tion ser­vices item for a third time un­til the July meet­ing, when Mr Ky­ron said all rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion should be avail­able after a se­ries of meet­ings be­tween Busi­ness Sta­tion in Welsh­pool and the City of Canning.

Be­fore the vote, Mr Ky­ron said meet­ings with in­cu­ba­tion ser­vice Busi­ness Sta­tion had been pos­i­tive, adding “we’re still wait­ing on some mat­ters to be com­mu­ni­cated back that are sep­a­rate to the Busi­ness Sta­tion dis­cus­sions”.

Coun­cil­lors Tim Porter, Gra­ham Barry and Deputy Mayor Chris­tine Cun­ning­ham voted against the mo­tion to de­fer dis­cus­sion.

Busi­ness Sta­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Kim Charles told the Canning Times that “pos­i­tive” was a strong word given there had been no con­sen­sus to date and as a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion there was a dif­fer­ence be­tween what the City was ask­ing in rent and what it could af­ford.

Busi­ness Sta­tion se­cured a $5.6 mil­lion Fed­eral grant in May to de­liver dig­i­tal so­lu­tions pro­grams to busi­nesses across WA, the NT and Queens­land.

Ms Charles said Busi­ness Sta­tion, which has run the busi­ness in­cu­ba­tion cen­tre for the past year, was un­der the im­pres­sion last year that it would have the op­tion to con­tinue leas­ing for three years at a time but that seemed to have changed.

She said the pro­grams of­fered by Busi­ness Sta­tion would not be suit­able to a li­brary set­ting.

The City hopes to move free busi­ness in­cu­ba­tion ser­vices into its lo­cal li­braries and en­cour­age ten­ants want­ing to stay at the Welsh­pool site to pay rent di­rectly to the City.

This would en­able the City to ex­plore al­ter­na­tive op­tions for the site at 33 to 37 Mur­ray Street South, Welsh­pool, to op­ti­mise the rate of re­turn, given a re­cent land val­u­a­tion showed Lot 800 to be worth $13.2 mil­lion.

Bent­ley and River­ton li­braries have been ear­marked as lo­ca­tions for busi­ness in­cu­ba­tion ser­vices, with a re­vamp of Bent­ley com­plete and ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment of River­ton li­brary planned for 2018. But the City of Canning is yet to re­lease de­tails on how and when the River­ton re­fur­bish­ment will af­fect li­brary users.

The lease by Busi­ness Sta­tion in Welsh­pool ex­pires in Septem­ber. It has of­fices in Joon­dalup, Su­bi­aco and Fre­man­tle.

The Busi­ness Sta­tion in Welsh­pool.

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