Council collaboration cuts red tape for food businesses

05 October 2020
Food businesses will find it easier to trade at events in the City of Canning, City of Gosnells and Town of Victoria Park under a new partnership aimed at reducing red tape.

Launched today the Simplified Trading Partnership Permit allows food businesses to obtain one permit to trade at approved events in all three local government areas.

Previously a business would apply individually to each local government for a permit to trade – paying a separate application fee each time. Now only one application is needed and the vendor simply notifies the other local governments online before attending other events.

Application fees for permits have been waived until July 2021 in recognition of the impact that COVID-19 has had on many small businesses.   

City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall said the partnership was a wonderful example of how local governments could work together to help small business owners in their communities.

“We know that many small businesses are feeling the pinch right now and especially mobile food businesses who have been impacted by the cancellation of so many community events.

“We are working together, as neighboring local governments, to reduce red-tape by aligning our processes and waiving the application fee until July 2021 – and in doing so, we hope that we are making life just a little easier for our local food vendors,” said Mayor Hall.

City of Gosnells Mayor David Goode said food vendors were an essential part of community events so it made good sense to simplify the process to ensure they remained viable.

“The City has established good connections with food suppliers and, over the years, our community has embraced food truck culture – it’s particularly pleasing that the City has been able to continue this support during COVID-19 by hosting a number of community events involving food trucks.”

Karen Vernon, Mayor of Victoria Park said removing the barriers for local and regional businesses is a smart and simple solution that will address the social and economic impact across the community.

“It’s great to be working collaboratively with our local government neighbours in Canning and Gosnells by making it easier to do business across our boundaries. This partnership approach is a great endorsement of how we can support each other in these challenging times.”

The State Government’s Small Business Development Corporation has been assisting the partnership since November 2019, through its Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative.

Small Business Minister Paul Papalia said the partnership was a first for Western Australia, and congratulated the cities of Canning, Gosnells and Victoria Park for putting the needs of their business community front of mind.

“Many small businesses have had it tough this year, but as we emerge from COVID-19 WA’s economy is the most vibrant in the country. Our lack of trading restrictions and capacity limits means there really is nowhere better in Australia, and perhaps the world, to be running a small business.

“This initiative will provide further assistance to local food vendors, cutting red tape and allowing them to do business more easily as the events season ramps up in the coming months.”

To find out more about the partnership and how to apply for a permit, contact your local health team at the City of Canning, City of Gosnells or Town of Victoria Park.

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