Business is the backbone of our city
Hobart's business community is full of innovation, grit, hard work and determination. Being in business isn't easy, especially at times like this where costs are high and climbing, there's uncertainty around lending and finances, customers are nervous and online shopping continues to grow.
I want to see Hobart City Council focus on how it can help our businesses - large and small, new and well established.
Each year, the Council brings in around $80 million in rates, with the average commercial rates bill coming in at $14,000 each year. This is big money and I believe businesses deserve excellent service and support for the investment and contribution they make to Hobart and our community.
You pay big money in rates - you should have your say in the Hobart City Council election.
If you own or operate a business in Hobart (but live in another municipality area), you can still vote by being added to the General Managers Electoral Roll. Find out more here.
I want to hear from you.
If elected, I would work hard to support businesses like yours by:
expanding parking options (such as making Argyle Street carpark 24 hours) and introducing free click-and-collect style on-street parking
reducing excessive parking costs and restrictions
minimising disruptive roadworks so your customers can reach you
implementing better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure so your customers can spend more time in your business
ensuring consultation with our business community is genuine (not token)
showcasing our local businesses through a buy local campaign
making rate and fee increases a last resort by ensuring the Council is prioritising its finances appropriately and ending chronic waste
reducing the pain and expense of Council red tape, such as signage and outdoor dining fees
improving night-time lighting and safety
and..... I'm keen to hear your thoughts.
How can Council support you to succeed? What ideas and concerns do you have about our city as a business owner or operator? Share your thoughts.
I'm very open to dropping in for a chat or meeting for a coffee -
just shoot me a message.
Check out what I stand for here.