Wednesday, 3 October 2018
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced that businesspeople in the Gwydir Shire could now set up a café, restaurant or small bar in less than 90 days, with the local council ‘going live’ with the NSW Government’s Easy to do Business program.
Mr Marshall said the decision by Gwydir Shire Council to join the program paved the way for the emergence of a new foodie industry and café culture in the local area.
“Starting up a hospitality business used to mean completing up to 48 forms, talking to 13 government agencies and waiting up to 18 months,” Mr Marshall said.
“With Easy to do Business, local entrepreneurs can now complete one online form, call one phone number and open a café, restaurant or small bar in 90 days or less.
“New cafés, restaurants and small bars create jobs and I’m delighted Gwydir Shire Council has gone live with this program and been proactive in supporting small business throughout the region.
“I encourage other local councils across the region to follow Gwydir Shire’s lead and sign up to this program as well.”
Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton has welcomed the Easy to do Business program.
“The slashing of red tape for new and expanding businesses is most welcome. It has been reported that an average of 57 hours can be saved for small business when using this service,” Cr Coulton said.
“We look forward to seeing the small businesses in the region succeed with the assistance of the Easy to do Business program.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro congratulated Gwydir Shire Council for getting on board with the Easy to Do Business program.
“As a former small business owner, I know how important it is to do everything we can to make it easier for businesses to start up, operate and employ people and Easy to Do Business is a fantastic opportunity for local entrepreneurs,” Mr Barilaro said.
Businesses wanting to start up a café, restaurant or small bar can apply at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/easy-do-business or phone 13 77 88.
MEDIA: Adam Marshall 0429 440 054