There are over 2 million small businesses in Australia, employing over 7 million people. That’s over 60% of our workforce. Yet, for too many years, small business has been overtaxed, over-regulated and overlooked by government.
The upcoming Federal election presents small business with a rare opportunity to get on the political agenda. But, small business is, by nature, small. The only way they can make a big enough noise to be heard in Canberra is to bring all those small voices together.
Concerns have arisen regarding signage being removed by Main Roads on the Donnybrook-Boyup Brook Road in the Mumballup and Lowden areas.
The Chamber invited Main Roads and the Donnybrook-Balingup Shire representatives to give a pre-meeting presentation of signage rules & regulations.
Alan Roberts from Main Roads and Kobus Neiuwoudt from the Council provided a short presentation to the committee.
All signage requires permission to ensure all signs, either on the verge or on private property, are primarily safe, uniform and compatible, and conform to the legislative controls.
The Main Roads department is responsible for all major road signage, which includes the South West Highway, Donnybrook-Boyup Brook Rd, Goodwood Rd (Donnybrook-Capel Rd) and Balingup-Nannup Rd. The Shire is responsible for all minor road signage.
All applications should be put to the Shire in the first instance. Once shire approval has been obtained then an application must be sent to Main Roads for their approval if the sign is on a Main Road. For the Shire you need to complete the planning consent form and a signage application form and include a map of the location, a sketch/photo of the sign showing the exact wording and the application fee of $139. (See the links below for forms.)
Both the Main Roads department and the council are reviewing current on-line documentation.
Main Roads are currently conducting a review of signage in our area. It should be noted that dangerous signs will be removed without notification, while safe but non-compliant signage will be listed and given to the council for owner notification and review.
An important survey from the State Government on Living in the Regions.
Have your say in the 5 minute survey and help us to get the right projects
developed for our regions – Regional Development Online Survey Link
If you are one of these companies then you might be eligible for a 50/50 grant of up to $20,000 to engage specialist Business Review consultants:
Manufacturing companies include those involved in fabrication, sheet metal, engineering, R&D, design and consulting, food processing, wine making, wood chipping, assembling, recycling, waste treatment, testing and analysis, packaging, education and training, repair and maintenance, computer system design, etc. with a turnover of +$1.5m. Any suppliers to the Resource Sector with a turnover of +$1.5m. Any companies in the tourism sector with a turnover of +$1.0m.