10/12/2019 - 15:33

Stirling speeds up small business approvals

10/12/2019 - 15:33
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The City of Stirling has streamlined the approvals processes and cut red tape for small businesses in the area, as part of the Small Business Friendly Approvals Project.

Mark Irwin says Stirling has 22,000 businesses contributing $6 billion to annual gross regional product.

The City of Stirling has streamlined the approvals processes and cut red tape for small businesses in the area, as part of the Small Business Friendly Approvals Project.

Council has endorsed the implementation of various reforms under the project, which was announced in August as an initiative of the Small Business Development Corporation.

Mayor Mark Irwin said Stirling had worked with the Small Business Development Corporation to reduce approval times and improve regulations.

“It is vital that we make it as easy as possible to start, run and grow a business and that’s why we’re committed to reducing approval times across planning, building and health,” he said.

“We’re already making inroads by exempting development approval for certain change of use applications in our local centres and activity corridors such as Beaufort Street, with relatively few small businesses needing to apply for approval.”

He said the City of Stirling currently has 22,000 businesses contributing $6 billion annually to gross regional product.

“Through reforms and reviewing internal workflows, there is also the potential to reduce timeframes for small businesses applying for development applications by up to 30 days,” Mr Irwin said.

“This is a game-changer for those businesses looking to expand or invest in our city.”

Small Business commissioner David Eaton said Stirling was one of the first local governments to take part in the Small Business Friendly Approvals process, announced by the state government in August.

Mr Irwin said the City of Stirling would immediately implement changes to reduce timeframes for approvals processes.

“By repositioning our focus to be a facilitator rather than a regulator, we’ll increase our efficiencies and enhance the effectiveness of our operations, which will flow on to small business," he said.

“I look forward to the benefits the new changes will bring over the next twelve months to bolster our local economy and business environment.”

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