CUT THE RED TAPE
Our fight for YOU against bureaucratic lunacy
IT’S time to let people get on with their lives and get our economy moving.
Too often we are mired in red tape that complicates our lives and costs us significant time and money to overcome. This week
Cockburn Gazette, Community News and The West Australian launch a campaign to Cut The Red Tape. Tell us your stories about how government bureaucracy has driven you to distraction and common sense has been thrown out the window.
A CENTRAL database for cat and dog registrations could soon be created as the State Government works to cut red tape.
Local Government Minister David Templeman said the initiative would be part of its Stop Puppy Farming proposal and would streamline the process.
“Owners will be able to register their pets online and when they move, they’ll be able to easily update their contact details,” he said.
Mr Templeman said the review of the Local Government Act had already brought in a range of initiatives to get local governments online, with the Amendment Bill being passed in June.
“The reality is, in the modern world ratepayers and residents shouldn’t have to go into the local council office and seek to view documents and information that should be readily available to them,” he said.
“This ranges from agendas to council decisions, council proposals and policies, transparency around councillors and declaration of gifts, chief executive declarations and all of those sorts of things.”
Mr Templeman said the government was also encouraging councils to have online approval processes to cut down wait times.
Small Business Development Corporation commissioner David Eaton said they were also working with the local government sector to “improve the operating environment for small businesses”.
“Through its Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative, 33 local governments (covering more than half of all small businesses in WA) have now shown their commitment to reducing red tape that hinders businesses, and recognising small businesses as important customers and suppliers, and to continuously improve their communication and processes,” he said.
Mr Templeman said the government was still assessing consultation feedback.