Council partnership goes one step further to cut red tape

Published on Monday, 21 August 2023 at 11:06:49 AM

The Cities of Canning, Gosnells and Town of Victoria Park have taken the next steps to encourage mobile food vendors to apply for trading permits by further simplifying their one-stop-shop permit application.

In 2021, Canning, Gosnells and Victoria Park worked to significantly reduce red tape for mobile food businesses by introducing the Simplified Trading Partnership Permit, which allowed vendors to obtain one permit to trade at approved events in all three local government areas.

The innovation was awarded the national Economic Development of Australia, Partnership and Collaboration Award.

The positive reception led the three Councils to take the next step in reducing the workload for vendors, by removing the need to notify each Local Government each time they were attending an event.

This small but significant change will reduce the administrative burden on vendors and allow them to use their annual permit across all three areas with no further steps.

“We have worked closely with our neighbouring Councils to find any way to reduce the burden on businesses. Food trucks and mobile vendors add vibrancy to events and pop-up locations I am proud of what we have achieved so far,” said Town of Victoria Park Mayor Karen Vernon.

City of Gosnells Mayor Terresa Lynes said the Simplified Trading Permit had proven a great success since its introduction. “Ensuring these small businesses can thrive across our region makes economic sense, supports local and community events and helps to create a more vibrant community,” she said.

“The City of Canning believes in the power of collaboration and the importance of reducing red tape. By working together, local governments can streamline and build a thriving business ecosystem that benefits all local businesses," said City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall.

“It is rewarding to see the success achieved so far by working with our neighbours, and it shows that with a shared vision, meaningful changes can be created for the wider business community," he said.

Local governments who are interested in exploring partnership opportunities with the City can contact Coordinator Environmental Health Services Corwin Lau on 1300 422 664.

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