Open for busi­ness

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Justin Bian­chini

RE­MOV­ING restau­rant al­fresco fees is among a string of ini­tia­tives the City of Stir­ling will in­tro­duce as part of a cam­paign to sup­port small busi­ness.

Mayor Mark Ir­win said at the re­cent Stir­ling Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual awards that 95 per cent of busi­ness in the City com­prised small busi­nesses.

“That means you con­trib­ute to the 80,000 jobs,” he told guests at the awards func­tion.

“So to the City of Stir­ling, you are very im­por­tant.”

Cr Ir­win said he be­lieved the City had a man­date to make it eas­ier to do busi­ness in Stir­ling.

“So this year we are very pleased to let you know our busi­ness break­fast will be fo­cused en­tirely on small busi­ness,” he said.

“We are look­ing at ev­ery way we can to make it eas­ier for you to do busi­ness.”

He said plans to sup­port the sec­tor in­cluded re­mov­ing al­fresco fees (“in this year’s bud­get there are no al­fresco fees”), work­ing on ways small busi­nesses such as food trucks could do on­line ap­pli­ca­tions, find­ing ways lo­cal busi­nesses could ten­der for the City through an e-ten­der process, and run­ning work­shops for small busi­nesses to al­low them to do busi­ness in and with the City in a “much eas­ier way”.

“I’d like to think we are go­ing to go a long way rather than just say­ing we are small busi­ness friendly; ac­tu­ally do­ing what we’re talk­ing about, so I’m re­ally ex­cited about that,” he said.

STIR­LING Mayor Mark Ir­win high­lighted the ben­e­fit to small busi­ness of the Stephen­son Av­enue project in In­naloo.

He told the Stir­ling Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion awards night the City had State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ment com­mit­ments of more than $120 mil­lion to ex­tend the road from Scar­bor­ough Beach Road to Mitchell Free­way.

“It will en­sure the Stir­ling City Cen­tre is a ma­jor pri­or­ity for the City over decades,” he said. “(The ex­ten­sion) is go­ing to be de­liv­ered in the next cou­ple of years.

“That will un­lock a mas­sive amount of land­hold­ings in that area and it will also fa­cil­i­tate a lot of re­de­vel­op­ment.

“The rea­son that is so im­por­tant to the busi­nesses in this room is from that the re­de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial for com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment, res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and small busi­nesses is go­ing to be huge.

“And hope­fully you will see the flow-on ef­fect of that.”

Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.