Plan to see local economy prosper

Media Release 28 June 2021

The City of South Perth is asking for community feedback on its plan to strengthen the local economy. The draft Economic Development Plan includes actions to support businesses, grow local employment, boost tourism and attract new investment in the area over the next four years.  

The City of South Perth is home to 4,900 local businesses that employ approximately 15,200 people in local jobs.

The Economic Development Plan involves a focus on two key employment centres, South Perth Peninsula and Technology Park, both identified as areas demonstrating high potential for economic growth. As the City’s most visited destination, there are also number of actions to improve the tourism experience along the foreshore and South Perth Peninsula area, including the famous piazza at Mindeerup.

Beyond this, the City will work to activate consumer centres including Mends Street, Waterford Plaza, Welwyn Avenue and Preston Street as local hubs known for their diverse mix of businesses and unique character. The Plan recognises the unique needs of small businesses, with specific actions tailored to support businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

The draft Plan was developed with input from the local business community at the City’s Business Breakfast Forum and informed by City of South Perth Economic Development Report. The City is now calling on anyone with an interest in the local economy to provide feedback on the draft Plan, from business owners to people who spend time in the area or shop locally. Drop-in feedback sessions will be held at local businesses in July, providing an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the plan with City staff before completing the feedback form. 

City of South Perth Mayor Greg Milner said the Economic Development Plan represents a major step forward in the City’s support for its local economy.

“Local businesses are a fundamental part of our community, providing local jobs, economic opportunity and the goods and services that we rely on every day. Local businesses also play a vital role in making sure that the City is a great place to work, live and play. 

“The Economic Development Plan will encourage economic growth and enhance the City’s support for the local business community. It will help us ensure a thriving community where there are opportunities for job creation within new and existing businesses. 

“From tourism drawcards like Perth Zoo, to friendly neighbourhood cafes and local service providers, we want to make sure that our City is an attractive place to do business.

“Our City is a sought after destination for residents, businesses and visitors alike. We are set in an idyllic location surrounded by the Swan and Canning Rivers, in close proximity to the Perth CBD, with convenient access to public transport. The Economic Development Plan will help ensure we make the most of this. 

“Whether you live in the City of South Perth, own a business here, or just love to visit, I encourage you to have your say on the draft Economic Development Plan.”

The draft Economic Development Plan will be open for feedback from Monday 28 June until 4pm Monday 26 July 2021. 

Drop in feedback sessions:
Halo Espresso (upstairs), Angelo St
7-9am, Wednesday 7 July 2021 - this session has been cancelled due to COVID restriction capacity limits.

South Perth Bowling Club, Mends St
5-7pm, Tuesday 13 July 2021

Hangout on Preston, Preston St
7-9am, Thursday 15 July 2021.

For more information and to have your say visit Your Say South Perth.

Media contact

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