Busi­ness on agenda

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

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.

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