Pave­ment power in free-trade ar­eas

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

to use the space,” he said.

“This is also a fan­tas­tic way to re­ally ac­ti­vate the streets and add to the vari­a­tion in re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence in the Town, con­tin­u­ing its vi­sion of a vi­brant life­style.”

Alasdair Craigie, from RoyAl’s Chicken and Burg­ers, said they would con­sider putting out ta­bles to cre­ate an al­fresco area.

Tues­day was the first he had heard of the new ini­tia­tive when a coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive came to talk to him about the free-trade area de­ci­sion made at the last coun­cil meet­ing.

“It’s one thing I re­ally like about Vic­to­ria Park; they are quite pro­gres­sive like that,” he said of the Town’s busi­ness sup­port.

The first phase of this ini­tia­tive will be rolled out next month, in the form of an on­line self-as­sess­ment tool.

“We’re also delet­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion and an­nual li­cence fees for al­fresco ar­eas and dis­play of goods on foot­paths in the 2016/17 Bud­get, which will re­sult in an an­nual sav­ing of around $150,000 to lo­cal busi­nesses in ap­pli­ca­tion fees alone,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Len Kosova said.

Vic­to­ria Park is also look­ing to stream­line the process to get a free-trade per­mit.

Fiona Austin dis­plays some wares out the front of The Good Store.

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