By Mitchell Clarke
Cardinia Shire Council has committed to working with small businesses to manage the impacts of disruptive infrastructure projects, signing the charter to become a Small Business Friendly Council.
It’s just one of five commitments council will focus on as part of Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) initiative, making it easier for people to start, run and grow their businesses within the area.
Council will also pay small businesses promptly, work towards faster permit approvals, support the creation of small business networks and identify opportunities for the development of new business resources.
Mayor Graeme Moore said signing the charter bolstered council’s commitment towards supporting local business.
“With more than 8200 registered businesses – small businesses make big contributions to a local economy, and our shire has a strong and vibrant small business base with agriculture, manufacturing, retail and construction businesses all contributing to our local economy,” Cr Moore said.
“Council will continue to create, support and advocate for small business opportunities and we recognise that business growth and investment is vital to building sustainable communities and fostering local employment.”
VSBC Commissioner Judy O’Connell visited the council office to sign the charter with Cr Moore and CEO Carol Jeffs.
“It’s great that Cardinia Shire Council has committed to work with us and local businesses in creating an inclusive and competitive operating environment for small business,” she said.