Category Archives - Council Notices

This category captures what the Council is doing in the area from upgrading roads, maintenance matters, rule changes or new support services that are available.

Midland Line Shutdown

Expect a little bit of disruption next weekend folks. Because of the East Perth Station upgrade (as part of the how future crowds from the new stadium will be managed) the Midland Line has to close for the long weekend 22 – 25 Sept (incl).

This will impact those on the roads as well as those who normally take the train as the number of vehicles on the road will increase. It’s unfortunate in that it is the first week of the school hols and the opening of the Perth Royal Show.  Replacement buses will operate throughout the Shutdown and will be increased to cater for Royal Show passengers.

The Shutdown will take place from around 7pm on Thursday 21 September through to the last service on Monday 25 September (public holiday).

There is plenty of information on the Transperth website, including a Shutdown passenger brochure and accessible brochure, plus an information video and a Shutdown Facebook page which will be monitored and updated daily with tips for travelling during the Shutdown.

 

Are we there yet?

The results of the business survey are in and they make for interesting reading.

The survey was part of our research into gathering an up to date database of businesses in the council area. There are approximately 700+ businesses and 300 completed the survey.   So just under half on the database. And the breakdown of them was as follows

  • 4% were sole operators
  • 43% employed 1-4 employees
  • 38% employed 5-19 employees
  • 15% employed 20+ employees

The top four industries were

  • 21% were in retail
  • 12% were in construction
  • 10% Manufacturing
  • 8% in Food and hospitality

The summary results are available here.

The survey investigated three elements: Technology uptake, Staffing and assistance and Networking. These are central elements to being in business and in the case of technology and staffing they are the high cost elements as well.

We asked businesses – “How strongly do you anticipate that your business will be impacted in the next 5 years by technological changes?” While 40% believed technology would have a strong impact, 28% believed it would not impact on their business.  The “right” answer according to the current research is that technology will impact 100% of businesses.

Another interesting result was in the learning, training and support area. We provided a fairly comprehensive list of 18 organisations or programs that are active in this area and 23% of respondents replied that they knew none of them and 36% had not used any of them.  This is concerning as it can be reasonably interpreted to mean that these businesses are operating all on their own.

And in these challenging times we all need support.

The Town is a facilitator and advocate in economic development and through this survey we can identify the strengths of the area, what it means to live and work in Bassendean and we also can see some of our weaknesses and our challenges. The information in this survey will be used to frame the activities of the Town to provide support and assistance where it is most needed.

We would welcome your comments and views.

 

New Business Database

The Town is going all out to update the database we have for businesses operating across the Town.  We are literally going out to all the “bricks and mortar” premises. We are visiting all the factories and all the shops in the main precincts of Eden Hill, Ashfield and Bassendean.

But for all you home based operators that’s not so easy.  For most of you there are no signs on the road to say where you are.

But we don’t want you to miss out so, the survey is available to you to fill out on-line – HERE.

WHY ARE WE DOING THE SURVEY?

As a minimum, the survey will update our database which was originally developed in 2010.  The directory on this web site came from then too and is now well out of date.

The survey asks your opinions and recommendations around running a business.  This helps us to evaluate how you are travelling and learn what are the big hurdles that you are challenged with. It could lead to pulling together a business group, or getting people with similar interests to get together, or we could use it to drive a shared working space somewhere in the Town and there are many more benefits which will emerge over the coming months and years.

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Morley Drive closed at Tonkin Highway 21-24 April

8pm Friday 21 April – 5am Monday 24 April

  • Morley Drive closed between Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North (left-in, left-out access to local residents only).
  • Tonkin Highway will remain open, with two lanes in each direction. Access to Tonkin Highway will be available at Benara and Collier Roads.
  • Bus services on Morley Drive between Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North will be impacted. For more information visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.
  • Road users are asked to follow signed detours to access Morley Drive as shown in the map below.

As part of the Tonkin Highway upgrade from Guildford Road to Reid Highway, a new interchange will be built at Morley Drive. The interchange includes a large oval shaped roundabout at ground level that will connect Morley Drive to a raised Tonkin Highway.

Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time as delays are expected. Speed limits are reduced in the construction zone. For alternative routes and road impacts see www.northlinkwa.com.au or call 1800 748 642.

Protect your business from scams

ASIC are sending out reminders and advice on the constant threat of scammers for business.

As a business owner, it’s important to learn how to protect yourself and your business from scams. Many scammers will imitate government departments to try and lure you into giving them valuable information and paying false payments.

Scams targeting ASIC customers

Recently there have been a number of scams targeting customers of ASIC. Customers are being contacted via email by scammers pretending to be ASIC staff requesting payment of fees and personal information to renew their business or company name.

The emails from scammers can often contain a link to an invoice with fake payment details or infect your computer with malware. Emails claiming to be from ASIC are probably a scam if it asks you to:

  • make payments over the phone
  • make payments to receive refunds
  • provide credit and bank details directly by email or phone.

To learn more, including what to do if you’re unsure whether an email is from ASIC, check out ASIC’s information on Scams targeting ASIC customers.

Find out more:

Were you in the dark?

Don’t forget if you suffered losses from the power outage a couple of weeks ago, make sure to lodge a claim with Western Power. You have up to 60 days from when the power came back on.

There are possibly two claims forms to investigate.

For loss of goods there is a damage claim form. You need to note down the items lost and the rough cost of these.

If it was in addition out for more than 12 hours, there is the extended outage payment scheme form. This is the standard payment of $80.00.

Also, it is worth noting in the the event that a claim is unsuccessful with Western Power and you want to apply to your insurance, your insurance company will want confirmation from Western Power that a recorded outage occurred on that date. Either way you will need to go through the claims process. The links are here:

Morley Drive & Tonkin disruption 17 ~ 20 Feb

The heavy rain last week put a halt to the planned road works at Morley drive.

They are now promising to carry out the works this weekend.  Be prepared!! Expect speed restrictions on the Tonkin (which will stay open) but slimmed down to one lane each way.

Morley Drive will be closed in the vicinity of the Tonkin Hwy for the whole weekend.  Diversions for traffic is mapped out here

Over the weekend the contractors will build a bypass for Morley Drive. This will allow the construction of the huge roundabout which will be the new connection for Morley Drive to the Tonkin Hwy.

The details are as follows: 8pm Friday 17 February to 5am Monday 20 February

  • Morley Drive closed between Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North (left-in left-out access to local residents only).
  • Tonkin Highway will remain open with a single lane in each direction. Access to Tonkin Highway will be available at Benara and Collier Roads.
  • Bus services on Morley Drive between Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North will be impacted. For more information visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.

Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time as delays are expected. Signed detours will be in place, and speed limits are reduced within the construction zone. For alternative routes and road impacts see www.northlinkwa.com.au or call 1800 748 642.

NBN underway

So what jobs will the future bring?On the 20th December the Town of Bassendean received a construction and activity notice to advise that the telecommunications network infrastructure forming part of the National Broadband (NBN) will commence 30th December 2016.

This will be first apparent in the Eden Hill area and I’ve had a call already this morning (9 Jan) confirming that indeed the crew are on site and getting the job done!!!

NBN have outlined the following anticipated impact to the verge adjacent to residential properties caused by the works and the proposed remediation works that will be undertaken:

ANTICIPATED EFFECT:

  • Limited disturbance to ground surfaces such as footpaths, grass road verge and sandy soils.
  • Slight disruption to pedestrian and vehicular traffic flows due to small crews working to install the telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Minor noise and dust generation.
  • Short term restriction to property access.

PROPOSED REMEDIATION:

  • Construction to be confined to footways and established telecommunication alignments.
  • Contractors will follow all applicable industry standards in the installation of its facilities.
  • Care and appropriate precautions taken at all times to ensure public safety.
  • Reinstatement of all road surfaces and pathways to a condition that is similar to its condition before the activity began.

Benara Rd Diversions

As part of the Tonkin Highway upgrade from Guildford Road to Reid Highway, Benara Road will become a flyover over Tonkin Highway.

To construct the new flyover, traffic has been diverted onto a temporary bypass road.  to enable completion of the next stage of works, Tonkin Highway will be realigned with the following to occur:

8pm Friday 13 January to 5am Monday 16 January

  • Benara Road closed between Beechboro Road North and Crimea Street.
  • Tonkin Highway will remain open. However, there will be no access to Benara Road.
  • Access for local residents will be maintained. There will be left-in, left-out access to Benara Road from Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North. Local residents can also access their homes via surrounding local roads.

Road users are asked to use alternative routes to access Benara Road this weekend, as shown in this map.

 

Northlink Collier Rd disruption

On going work on the Tonkin Highway will cause some major disruptions this coming weekend (8pm Friday 16 December to 5am Monday 19 December)

The attached map illustrates the complicated detour arrangements which will be in place.

Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time as delays are expected. If possible try and make alternative arrangements to avoid the area.

  • Collier Road closed between Grey/Jackson Street and Spencer Street (access to local businesses only).
  • Tonkin Highway will remain open. However, there will be no access to Collier Road.
  • Bus services on Collier Road between Grey/Jackson Street and Beechboro Road South will be impacted. For more information visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.
  • There will be NO ACCESS FOR RESTRICTED ACCESS VEHICLES to the surrounding business/industrial area via Collier Road. For more information, visit mainroads.wa.gov.au/UsingRoads/HeavyVehicles.