Guest speaker Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles said the State Government recognised the growth in the northern corridor, with the City of Wanneroo’s population already more than 180,000.
‘By 2031, we know the City of Wanneroo residents are going to be roundabout 300,000,’ he said. ‘That means we are going to grow double.’
Mr Miles said past and future infrastructure investment in the area included the Alkimos Waste Water Treatment Plant, Butler station, upgrades at HBF Arena in Joondalup, a multi-storey car park at Edgewater station and the Mitchell Freeway extension.
The MP said there was a recognised need to create more jobs locally, and improving the road network to Neerabup industrial area would help.
‘We have more than 60 per cent of residents in the northern corridor, from Burns Beach up, who are having to travel out of this area to get work,’ he said.
As the Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce, Mr Miles said the Government was trying to reduce red tape and the amount of paperwork businesses had to do.
He said changes had included repealing the Travel Agents Bill, increasing the number of floor staff in IGAs from 18 to 25 and allowing small businesses to operate four rather than three stores.
Mr Miles said they were changing the motor vehicle Act in relation to repair companies and dealers, including to allow one licence for all mobile repair vehicles per company, rather than per vehicle.
In addition, they wanted to remove the requirement for land valuers and realtors to be listed in the government gazette each year, and instead they would be listed on the Department of Commerce website.
Similarly he said a requirement for new agents to put a public notice in a State newspaper would be removed because in the past 10 years, only five objections had been received and none upheld.
The MP also touched on changes to retail trading hours and the success of Sunday trading, and changes to payroll tax.
Asked about the timeframe for rail to Yanchep, Mr Miles said the timeline had not changed and the extension was still planned.
At the breakfast, WBA president Vesna Sampson encouraged business to enter its annual business awards before November 17, with the awards night to be held on November 27.