Barber feels bite of new fee

new charge applied without warning
new charge applied without warning

He first had his shop on Moresby Street in 1962 before moving to his premises on Canning Highway.

Each year he gets a visit from the City’s officers to do an inspection of the business. It is usually over within 10 minutes and he doesn’t see them until the next time.

But he was shocked to open his mail to find he had been charged a ‘hairdressing establishment inspection fee’ this time round.

‘When the letter arrived, I just assumed it was the normal letter that comes after the inspection but I was quite shocked to see a $100 invoice attached to it,’ he said.

Mr Gleeson said he was surprised to get the fee, without any warning.

‘It went from nil to $100 with no warning to any hairdresser,’ he said.

‘The officers get paid a reasonable salary to do their job. I thought the inspection was part of their job.’

He said small businesses in South Perth were already having a hard time.

‘Two days later I got my rates so it was a double whammy in a week,’ he said.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty confirmed the City had not charged the fee before.

‘The fee ensures a high level of public health is monitored and maintained, with demands on officer time ever increasing,’ she said.