Council & Community Helping our Businesses during Covid-19

What are the ways of helping our Businesses during Covid-19.

 

2020-21 Draft Business Plan

2020-21 Draft Business Plan

The great news is our community has recognised how businesses can be impacted by economic downturns, just as workers. As a former small business operator myself, I have been heartened by the concern our community have shown our businesses.

So how can we help them.

 

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At Community Level

I believe we all know we can help our local economy, our local businesses, is by using them in preference to going elsewhere. Please do this.

Not just when restrictions are removed but now. If they are open and can provide you goods or a service then check them out.

This applies, not just to our street traders, but our many home based businesses. We have many home based businesses. This includes lawyers, accountants, doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, chiropractors etc. It also includes builders and a myriad of tradies, including plumbers, sparkies, chippies, brickies, tilers, concretors, plasterboard fixers & flushers to name but a few.

They are all out there waiting for you to contact them.

At Council level

What can council do in helping our Businesses during Covid-19. We should take every opportunity to lead by example and seek out their goods and services as much as is possible.

We can also provide assistance in other ways.

As part of our budget process they too will get the advantage of the zero increase based budget noted in this morning’s blog post. With inflation at 2.4% this is a solid discount.

Beyond this, relevant street trader businesses will get an opportunity to have direct input into the levies they contribute to the promotion of their streets. I speak particularly of the 4 main streets. Goodwood Road. King William Road. Unley Road. Glen Osmond Road.

At my instigation, Council is asking the four street trader associations to ensure they have consulted with and received the backing of their members for the budgets they have submitted to us for next year. This is on the back (again at my instigation) of us requesting them to ensure the budgets proposed recognise the impacts on their members of Covid-19.

I expect therefore to be fully aware of the thoughts and suggestions of all the Association trader members. To not rely therefore on just the thoughts of the committees.

Any Other Initiatives.

Is it feasible for Councils to do such things as waive rates for businesses forced to close. This is being suggested in some quarters.

We would want to be very careful about waiving rates such that we restrict our financial capacity to contribute to a post Covid stimulus. We likewise would not want to pass this onto other rate payers.

It may be worth Council looking into utilising our current year surplus, whatever that is rather than use it to pay down debt. Food for thought.

City of Unley 2020-21 Annual Business Plan & Budget can be viewed here.

2020-21 Draft Business Plan

2020-21 Draft Business Plan

Interested in offering your opinion after reading my last blog post. Then the 2020-21 annual business plan and the budget can be viewed on the Council website. I encourage you to check it out and provide your opinion.

The web page includes links to our revised Community Plan 2033, to the Annual Business Plan & Budget, to our Long Term Financial Plan. There is a link also to a small explanatory video.

Rather just know the highlights, then read on.

From a Business Plan point of view Clarence Park Ward features well with the following initiatives included.

  • Road repairs & maintenance to East, Kelvin, Oakfield, Rosslyn & Birkdale Avenues, and Hammond Street.
  • Design of Millswood Croquet Clubrooms
  • Integrated Design for Mills Street (resulting from LATM 3) along with Stormwater drainage upgrade
  • Pedestrian Refuge adjacent Rise & Grind on East Avenue (also part of LATM 3).
  • Stormwater drainage upgrade for Francis Street, William Street and Birkdale Avenue
  • Clarence Park Community Centre to get an access control system upgrade and resurfacing of the hall floor.
  • Tennis SA to get wall crack repairs
  • Fairmont Tennis Centre to get fence repairs
  • Millswood Bowling Club to have their airconditioning replaced.
  • Page Park to get an irrigation upgrade
  • Princess Margaret Playground to get a soft fall paving upgrade

Other highlights include the following:

  • Acceleration of our tree planting program. An extra 440 trees planted to help improve our tree canopy cover.
  • The ever popular greening of verges continues. I would have loved to have seen the amount allocated increased, given we have a waiting list well capable of allowing this.
  • Protecting our significant trees by conducting a survey of our significant trees.
  • Continuation of the Brownhill Creek masterplan
  • Unley Gourmet Gala and Santos Tour Down Under remains in the budget. This may not occur if Covid-19 event restrictions remain. Could be a good way of celebrating the removal of same.
  • We have included planning for sesquicentennial celebrations likewise. Whether by way of events, or by other means we need to mark this milestone in our history. Any such celebration of course can be part of next years budget.