Local businesses invited to sundowner

News Update 27 July 2021

As part of our support for the local economy, the City is inviting local business owners, managers, and staff to a sundowner event on Wednesday 25 August at John McGrath Pavilion in South Perth. 

Guest speakers include Perth Zoo Executive Director Wendy Attenborough and Small Business Commissioner David Eaton. Wendy Attenborough, also a South Perth resident, will provide insight into what it takes to run a business that is often not thought of as a business and let us in on future plans for the Zoo that will attract more visitors to the local area. 

The Local Business Sundowner is open to owners, managers and staff of businesses of any size and nature in the City of South Perth. The event provides an opportunity to meet other business owners in the area and share experiences while enjoying light refreshments. 

Business are also invited to add a listing to the City’s online Buy Local Directory as part of our ongoing Buy Local, Shop Local campaign. The directory provides a comprehensive, searchable list of businesses in South Perth, Como Kensington, Manning, Salter Point, Waterford and Karawara, and encourages the local community to shop local. 

The Local Business Sundowner will take place from 5pm to 7pm at John McGrath Pavilion, 97 Hensman St, South Perth. The event is free and registrations are essential. Book now.  


Wendy Attenborough, Perth Zoo Executive Director 

In 2018 Wendy Attenborough was appointed as the Executive Director of Perth Zoo to lead the daily operations of the iconic local zoological park. 

Wendy has more than ten years’ experience as an executive in the Western Australia Public Service and has worked on a range of significant policy issues in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and represented the State Government in a range of cross jurisdictional negotiations.

Prior to joining the public sector, Wendy worked for a non-government organisation in the Kimberley for almost ten years, working with Aboriginal people on land related issues. 

She started her professional life as a journalist and producer with ABC Radio, working in WA, Victoria and the NT. 

Much of Wendy's childhood was spent in the Pilbara, sparking a love of the natural environment. 

David Eaton, Small Business Commissioner

David Eaton was appointed Western Australia’s first Small Business Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) in December 2011.  In this dual role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SBDC including its dispute resolution service. 
The Commissioner also provides advice on policy and regulatory matters impacting on the small business sector, to all tiers of government and in particular to the Western Australian Minister for Small Business. 
David has extensive business management experience, both as a small business owner and in senior executive positions in Western Australia and Victoria.
David holds a Masters in Business Administration (UWA), is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Curtin Law School Advisory Board.


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