LOCAL politicians are throwing their support behind Stirling businesses.
Newly elected Federal members Vince Connelly and Celia Hammond, recently appointed State Opposition Leader Liza Harvey and Balcatta MLA David Michael were guests at City of Stirling’s annual business breakfast on Wednesday.
Mr Connelly addressed the crowd of Stirling’s business community, speaking about his background as an army officer and in the mining, oil and gas industry.
The self-described “newbie politician” also worked at his family’s small business and said he understood challenges facing small to medium enterprises who were the “absolute backbone of Australia’s economy”.
Stirling mayor Mark Irwin said the City was working with all government levels towards a “common goal” of activating local centres such as in Inglewood, Mt Lawley, Osborne Park and Doubleview.
In a video presentation, he said they were looking at delivering more “premier events” and noted the success of the BMX Australia National Series held in Balcatta in March, which brought interstate visitors who stayed an average of three nights.
This year’s Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Scarborough resulted in $10 million spent locally and the Sunset Veranda festival garnered 15,000 attendees who spent $750,000.
Cr Irwin said the City wanted local businesses to thrive, with the Stephenson Avenue extension a major project expected to facilitate this.