City of Sydney

Angela Vithoulkas and The Small Business Party are contesting the upcoming City of Sydney local council elections on Saturday December 4, 2021.

Angela is also running to be the next Lord Mayor of Sydney.

She was first elected as Councillor in 2012 and again in 2016, so she has almost a decade of experience on how council operates from the inside out.

 

Let’s Save Small Business,
Protect Our Families and
Support Our Local Communities

Manifesto

“I have spent the last 10 years supporting local businesses, their families and local communities. It’s more than just my job, it’s my purpose. It means placing value, trust and love on those who are protagonists of our economy – the heart and soul of our country. It is for them that I will always fight.

I believe the key is creating a real support network for local commerce to save small businesses from the economic crisis caused by COVID19 and for that I need your help.

To make a difference, it’s essential to have dedication, perseverance and unity – you have to be in it for long term benefits not just short-term payoffs. This is my commitment. I will always be here for those who are rarely heard and give them an effective and deliberate voice. If you’re part of a small business or believe in the importance of small business in our community, don’t give up on the power of working together, let’s win our right to be a formidable influence on our economy.”

 

I promise to get council working for you.

 

Our 8 Point Plan to Reimagine How Your Local Government Should Work for You

 

1. Establish an Independent Anti Corruption Mechanism to protect against and weed out abuse of power.

“Public trust in democracy, and government at all levels, has been heavily eroded (40.56% satisfaction in 2018) and continues to drop to its lowest point in decades.

The City of Sydney is a ‘best practice’ organisation. It aims to be a leader globally and nationally; and a beacon for what local government can and should achieve.

To be this beacon of leadership, to ratepayers, and to local governments across our city, state and country, the City of Sydney must ensure all monies, programs and processes are transparently for the people, by the people. In turn this endeavour necessitates an independent anti-corruption and audit mechanism. Alarmingly the City of Sydney does not have one. It needs one.

The City of Sydney can and should lead a revitalisation of public trust in government. As Mayor this will be my chief goal; underpinned by this mechanism; as one of three key programs to revitalise public trust, service delivery and ratepayer satisfaction.”

 

2. Let’s Put A Cap On Lord Mayoral Terms – Maximum of 3 consecutive terms, 12 years.

For the health of the community and council, future Lord Mayors should be limited to three terms in office. This will ensure an environment that fosters a dynamic and forward-thinking city.

There is a reason that the world’s largest and most powerful democracy has a limit on presidential terms. Part of that is that ‘absolute power corrupts, absolutely’ and while no aspersions are being made about the current Lord Mayor being corrupt in a criminal sense, it could be a concern with future mayors. We must think of the future and safeguard our city, regardless of who is Lord Mayor, it was never intended to be a permanent position. 

Clover Moore has been a City of Sydney Councillor for 39 years (since 1982) and Lord Mayor since 2004, that’s 17 years so far.

A maximum of 3 consecutive terms would only allow a future Lord Mayor to serve 12 years. 

A term limit would require changes to the City of Sydney Act 1988 to effectively limit Lord Mayoral terms to a maxim of 12 years. A three-term limit would also be compatible with the compulsory 10-year financial plan all NSW councils are legally required. 

There would be no term limit on councillor’s under this plan.

 

3. Public ‘Questions without Notice’ Meetings to be held Monthly.

As an important element of representation and supporting transparent democratic processes the introduction of ‘questions without notice’ meetings would allow the public to ask questions of councillors, either in person or via a video conferencing application.

Many councils across the state already allow this but incorporate it as part of a council meeting.

While the City of Sydney is more complicated than most councils it also has more resources than others and such a forum is achievable.

The current council makes a lot of noise about consultation, yet the City of Sydney does not even take questions without notice from elected Councillors. Our community deserves the opportunity to understand and influence the process of decision making.  

The monthly sessions would be standalone events, separate to regular council meetings and accessible to the public.

 

4. Establishing a Dedicated Small Business Planning and Compliance Unit.

Small business owners and start-ups are finding the existing processes in place for planning and compliance to be confusing and onerous. Layered onto that it can feel adversarial and difficult to get to the right help or answers. 

Why are our small business entrepreneurs made to feel like the enemy?

While dealing with development applications, compliance with council regulations and rules and applying for permits is all part of doing business, it should not be fraught with unnecessary red tape and unreasonable responses. 

To resolve these issues the establishment of a unit comprising of several council officers whose dedicated role is to assist small business in navigating these matters would be formed. It would, by its very nature of helping to simplify the experiences of complying with processes, save costs incurred by council and save small businesses.

 

5. Establishing a Small Business Emergency Team.

The Small Business Emergency Team would help local businesses in emergency situations navigate and find support from government and other agencies, and potentially relief from council costs and charges.

The team would be dedicated to assisting small business facing crisis situations such as we have seen with COVID-19 regulations and lockdowns, infrastructure disruptions, natural disasters and security issues.

This is not modelled after a call centre, where contact numbers and names are issued. This is to be a specially trained team to directly assist small businesses facing any trading emergency.

A healthy business community and environment is vital and essential to the running of this city. 

80% of the City of Sydney rates are collected from businesses and that benefits all of the community, especially residents.

 

6. Establishing a Community Liaison Unit.

Residents and the general public, like small business, can also feel frustrated and powerless when trying to find the right information, answers or assistance.

To help resolve these issues a Community Liaison Unit, staffed by people whose sole role is to aid residents with household and neighbourhood issues such as parking, traffic, infrastructure and rates would address these concerns.

The formation of such a dedicated specialty unit would allow council staff to deal with specific areas and to serve ratepayers easily and more effectively.

 

7. A Mental Health And Wellbeing Unit.

Mental health is one of our greatest challenges, we already know how bad it is. It is time we focused on a new solution for this growing crisis around mental health in our communities.

Our people, including the City’s employees, families and small business communities are suffering. We need proactive solutions like financial support, free financial counselling and free health and wellbeing programs to assist our residents, local business owners and staff.

 

8. A City of Sydney Youth Council and Youth Mayor.

To continue the focus on democracy and representation the establishment of a parallel ‘Youth Council’ would promote and enhance political engagement among young people.

Giving youth a voice and ownership of the political process supports the next generation to be engaged (and part of) what’s happening in our neighbourhoods. The establishment of a parallel ‘Youth Council’ will create a sense of belonging and connection, that has long term benefits for the entire community.

The ‘Youth Council’ would be overseen by dedicated and suitably trained City of Sydney Council staff, hold regular meetings much like the actual council and be derived from schools across the Local Government Area.

A representative from the ‘Youth Council’ would speak at regular council meetings and could deliver advisory reports.

Not only will the youth council foster engagement, it will promote education about government bodies and processes and provide a forward thinking platform for inclusivity, diversity and the voice of our children.

 

Meet the Small Business Party Candidates


Paul Crossin Small Business Party candidate City of Sydney Local Government elections 2021

Paul Crossin

Paul Crossin is an experienced business executive with with over 30 years industry experience across home building and construction, banking and payments, IT, hotels, charities and industry development. Paul is determined to rebuild small businesses affected by COVID19.

Tatiana Coulter

Tatiana Coulter has been working in the financial services industry for the past 25 years. Most recently she has owned and operated her own financial planning business located in Sydney. Tatiana is passionate about growth and success of small business, and the contribution those business owners make to those communities.

Phillip Joel

Phillip Joel has been in the printing industry for more than 19 years. He has operated and owned- in partnership, 7 Kwik Kopy franchises in the Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. He believes that by being elected to council he can make a difference and add value to the Small Businesses that deserve to be heard.

Allan Sudale

Allan Sudale has spent the last 15 years working in the financial services industry and hospitality. The last six years as a small business owner of a Pub and general insurance brokerage and is now a strong advocate and supporter for small business.

Lisa Jayne

Lisa Jayne is an Emotions Educator, Author and Speaker specialising in emotional INTERdependence. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Economics, has taught in both Primary and High schools and has trained in a variety of wellness modalities, including NLP and Gestalt therapy. After growing up in her parents business, Lisa ran her own retail business before a 12 year sojourn into teaching. She now teaches Emotion Education in her own micro business.

Nicole Santer

Nicole Santer has 20 years of event industry expertise and knowledge gained while running her own company. Nicole’s latest entrepreneurial venture brings to the industry the Ultimate Online SearchEngine for Events. “EventBuzz360”. Her commitment to enabling the industry to provide memorable world-class events, coupled with her foundation values of honesty, integrity, and reliability, are ensuring the continued growth of the events industry.