I’m very disappointed that Councillors from the Clover Moore Team have once again failed to hear or truly understand the unprecedented level of pain, disruption and despair that many small business owners are experiencing due the impact of light rail and an increased level of construction right across the local Government area.
At Monday night’s Council meeting I put forward several proposals that were designed to provide small business with a voice by asking Council to investigate:
- A range of ways to make it easier for small business owners to provide ideas, insight and feedback on a broad scope of issues that impact their amenity and ongoing viability.
- The option of having a small business representative on advisory panels including those that are currently part of the City’s community engagement process.
- The option of having a small business representative on multi Government and/or inter-agency advisory panels and steering committees.
- The establishment of a Small Business Crisis Management Hotline to assist our businesses cope with the impact of City of Sydney planning or development issues.
While a vast amount of time, energy and public money is allocated to other high profile issues, it appears that small business is once again relegated to the “too hard basket”.
Yes, the City of Sydney does offer small business assistance in the form of marketing and workshops. But these initiatives don’t help solve issues for business in crisis, and they will be even more ineffective when there are no businesses left at all.
Read my media release regarding the Notice of Motion that I put forward on Monday 15th May.