Compensation plan to protect small business from construction pain

The West Australian, 22 August 2018 (extract)

Future big State Government projects will consider offering compensation, free advertising and counselling for small business owners to keep them afloat when construction threatens their livelihood.

Help could range from using affected businesses to cater for government agency events or working with local councils to waive alfresco fees to providing free parking or public transport for an affected area.

Where the effect is significant, financial compensation — potentially using an independent loss assessor — would be on the table.

The new Small Business Development Corporation guidelines for government agencies, to be launched today, are a response to the small business casualties from the construction of Elizabeth Quay and the Scarborough redevelopment.

Business owners in Barrack Square and Scarborough blamed heavy financial losses on long-running construction work that, in some cases, left shops all but obscured by construction.

Small Business Minister Paul Papalia said the guidelines had been well received by the

Mr Papalia said they were about considering the impact of projects on small businesses before they started and avoiding “inflicting pain” where possible.