Our fight for YOU against bu­reau­cratic lu­nacy

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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