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THE Stirling Business Association had grown to the point where the Government was starting to take notice, according to incoming president Steve Delfos.

“We’ve earn’t our guernsey and people are starting to listen to us – we are starting to get better heard,” he said.

This was demon-strated by a recent meeting between the association and Premier Richard Court where the Premier made a commitment to address issues incl-uding workers compensation, which the association had raised two years earlier.

Mr Delfos said the association and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry were working to improve the workers compens-ation laws.

Mr Delfos hopes to raise the Stirling membership by at least 10 per cent to more than 500 members during his term.

Mr Delfos is well known in the area as managing director of PG Watson & Co – a subsidiary of Auridiam Consolidated NL.

Mr Delfos said the new tax system and the development of a business incubator were big challenges for the association.

He said the incubator would give small businesses sup-port during the initial start up period by providing low cost accommodation and secretarial support.

The association is doing a feasibility study on developing an incubator in Balcatta that will also house the Stirling Business Enterprise Centre and the association. The size of the incubator will depend on Government funding, although Mr Delfos believes there would have to be room for at least 20 new businesses to make it viable.

Mr Delfos said the association represented anyone from one-man shows to large organisations.

The Association has also worked closely with the City of Stirling on security issues to put an end to vandalism and pilfering in the area.

Mr Delfos believes the City of Stirling offers many attractions for small businesses including a large local population and a well-serviced business area.

“There is a good broad spectrum of business and we can feed of each other,” he said.

Mr Delfos said the Association was all about promoting the idea of using other members as much as possible to build local businesses up.

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