Growth spells opportunity

City of Wanneroo’s Philip St John and Steven Marmion.
City of Wanneroo’s Philip St John and Steven Marmion.

The Wanneroo Business Association’s monthly meeting at Bridgeleigh Reception Centre attracted members, guests and City of Wanneroo staff, including new planning and sustainability director Philip St John and chief executive Daniel Simms.

Mrs Roberts said as WA’s fastest growing local government, the City’s increasing population meant more opportunities for business.

‘There are 173,000 people living in the City of Wanneroo with that number to double in 22 years,’ she said.

‘The average age of our residents is 32, so we are a very young city that depends on local business.’

She said works allocated in the City’s 2014-15 budget included the Koondoola Community Centre, Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex baseball clubroom upgrades and major road works such as the Flynn Drive and Lenore Road realignments.

‘There are so many new roads going in around the City’s the sat nav cannot keep up with the City of Wanneroo,’ she said.

Association president Vesna Sampson spoke about the launch of a new sponsorship program at the end of the year to support the sustainability of the association.

Ian Martinus also spoke about the recently opened sixty27 building, a co-working space at West Coast Institute designed to help new businesses through the early stages and provide opportunities to network and collaborate with other tenants.