Collaboration cuts red tape for food businesses

Article image - Collaboration cuts red tape for food businesses Mayors from City of Canning, Town of Victoria Park and City of Gosnells joined forces to make it easier for food businesses to trade across the three council areas.

Food businesses will now 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 on 5 October, the Simplified Trading Partnership Permit allows food businesses to obtain one permit to trade at approved events in all three local government areas. 

Within a week of launching, over 18 local food businesses submitted an application for the Simplified Trading Partnership Permit to the City of Canning.

This partnership is a first for Western Australia, with the State Government’s Small Business Development Corporation a driving force in the collaboration. 

The 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.”

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