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$6M Aust Govt funds flow to help cut small business bills.



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PRESS RELEASE

Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore 13 December 2005

$6M AUST GOVT FUNDS FLOW TO HELP CUT SMALL BUSINESS BILLS

Shoalhaven City Council will benefit from more than $6 million in funds allocated to reduce small business compliance cuts under the Australian Government's Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund.

Mrs Gash said Shoalhaven City Council is included in a group of 34 urban and regional councils to take part in the "Local ePlanning Blueprint" project.

The project is to be led by Rockdale City Council and is designed to streamline local planning and regulation compliance for small business.

Mrs Gash said the project has two core activities: development of a central online entry point; and the enhancement of electronic planning capabilities.

"It's hoped this project will end in more efficient and timely Council assessment process and user-friendly information that is available 24-hours a day," Mrs Gash said.

"Local Government is the first port of call for anyone wanting to start up or expand a small business.

"By reducing compliance costs at the local government level, small businesses will have more time to grow their business and create even more jobs.

"I congratulate Shoalhaven City Council and all the other participating councils on stepping up to the plate to help cut regulation and compliance costs."

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