Guest Article - City of Canning

At the City of Canning we believe a healthy business community is central to achieving our vision of a welcoming and thriving City.

We are an enabling Council, working with our partners and committed to saying ‘Yes’ to initiatives that stimulate activity in the City. The recent announcement of an all-of-government partnership to build a new $32 Million State Football Centre in Queens Park within Canning is a great example.

At a regional level the City has collaborated with neighbouring Victoria Park, Gosnells and Armadale to form a South East Metro alliance, working together to coordinate and cooperate on regional initiatives.

Internally, the City has partnered with the Small Business Development Corporation to deliver the ‘Small Business Friendly Approvals Project’ and implementing 29 initiatives to deliver improved communications, simpler processes, smarter technology and faster turnarounds that aim to correct processes that impact negatively on small businesses.

The project utilised a design thinking approach connecting our internal business units with the City’s small business owners face to face. This allowed our team to see the full journey of a small business – not just one aspect. The results of the changes are already being seen, as we improve our online service capability and remodel our service delivery to be more customer-centric.

The City has also strengthened programs that aim to build the capability and capacity of our small business community.

In the midst of the global pandemic, we have worked with our partners to adapt the Canning Business Mentoring Program to be run fully online. The mentoring program is now in its fourth year and sponsors over 20 local businesses each year. The newest program – Gemstar Technology’s YoungGems – is targeted at Canning’s all abilities and culturally diverse demographic.

We recently announced our annual budget for the 2020-21 financial year which recognised that many in our community, including small businesses, have been impacted heavily by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Included in the budget is a freeze on rates for commercial and residential ratepayers - over 99% of property owners will pay the same or less than last year. Other benefits include delaying the first rates instalment due date, extending payment terms, ceasing all interest charges in 2020-2021 and no increase in the security charge or waste fees.

We also established a Financial Hardship Policy and are bringing forward a capital works program worth $14.5 million to stimulate the economy and help boost local jobs.

To find out more about how Canning supports small business, visit www.canning.wa.gov.au/business

This article was submitted by the City of Canning

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