SHOP LOCAL 11 June 12, 2019 www.communitynews.com.au Big changes needed for small business Local Business Matters David Eaton – WA Small Business Commissioner Too often, large companies extend court proceedings until small operators give up or go broke. Concluding cases more quickly and avoiding the courts, reducing red tape and introducing penalties for unfair contract practices would be a great starting point. If you’re a small business operator in dispute with another business or government agency, our dispute resolution team at the Small Business Development Corporation can assist by providing general guidance on resolving the dispute and facilitating discussions with the other party. This service is free and most disputes are resolved quickly at this stage. Those that aren’t can be referred to our low-cost, independent mediation process. Visit smallbusiness. wa.gov.au or contact one of our experienced team on 13 12 49. SMALL business deserves and needs equal access to justice. A renewed Federal focus on unfair business contracts has offered some hope of levelling the playing field when it comes to disputes with large suppliers and contractors. But much remains to be done to ensure small businesses are empowered to stand up for themselves in a commercial dispute. A survey of 1600 small businesses from across the country by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman found one in five had experienced a dispute with another business in the past five years. The main issue is unfair contract terms in standard form contracts are not currently illegal (‘standard form’ is a pre-prepared contract where most of the terms are set in advance with little or no negotiation between the parties). Adam and Charlie in their themed teepees. Sleeping easy with teepees AS every parent knows, getting youngsters to settle into sleep can be – well, near enough to a nightmare. For one pair of Halls Head grandchildren, teepees featuring unicorns and super heroes proved to be the stuff of dreams. Adam (6) and Charlie (5) were excited at the prospect of a first sleepover at their grandparents. The couple, who had recently moved to Mandurah, decided to book each grandchild a styled teepee to give them something to focus on other than parental absence. Azulla’s Party Hire proprietor Raine Weal said the couple wanted to both take the edge off the new experience for their grandchildren and make the event especially memorable. She said she worked with the couple to identify what their grandchildren particularly loved. “They chose a Justice League teepee for Adam consisting of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and The Flash, and Charlie loved her unicorn teepee. “When I returned to collect the teepees the next day, they said both children had gone to bed when they were told and stayed there for the night.’’ LARGE HOMESITES NOW SELLING Now’s the time to build your dream home. Homesites are now selling from Osprey Waters Land Sales Centre Corner of Egret Point Road & Bridgewater Boulevard, Erskine Open Sat - Wed, 1pm - 5pm Nestled on the pristine Peel Inlet, just over the Mandurah bridge you’ll find Osprey Waters. Stroll along the beautiful foreshore reserve, boardwalks and landscaped parkland and enjoy the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. $167,000* Frank Colangelo | 0401 318 725 Enquire Today! ^Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. *Price correct as at 30/5/19 ospreywaters.mirvac.com 9424 9989
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