Business on agenda
Supporting small to medium local businesses is a focus of the City’s economic development program and, as part of this, the council resolved in September last year that the City should become a Small BusinessFriendly Local Government — an initiative of the State Government.
For the council to obtain Small Business-Friendly status, a commitment to a charter is required which demonstrates its support for small business such as offering enhanced customer service, reducing red tape, making on-time payments and other activities to improve the local business environment.
It is also required that the City establish a Small Business Advisory Group and this has now been completed.
The objective is for the group to advise the council on key issues, help align City efforts to develop small business and address constraints to growth.
The advisory group consists of 10 members from a range of local businesses including health, light industrial, retail, food and beverage services.
It reflects the geographical constitution of the City and it is intended that businesses from each town will be represented.
The group will provide a direct voice for small business to the council, avoiding any intermediary bodies.
We believe this will assist employment and services across our towns, making Karratha a stronger, more diverse and interesting place to live and work.