In the time of Covid-19, small businesses need strong representation more than ever. John Moyle spoke with Small Business Party (SBP) founder and leader Angela Vithoulkas, as well as SBP members and supporters, about the issues facing small businesses in the current climate.
I believe and know that the City has done nothing to advocate for the realities that small businesses are facing. Part of the City’s remit in governance is to advocate to other levels of government on behalf of our residents and business owners, and the only thing that the City has done is photo opportunities with state government and a crack at the federal government for not rolling out the vaccine faster.
Last year, 2020, within a couple of weeks, the CBD was emptied as people transitioned to working from home, and thousands of small businesses began to wither due to a lack of trade.
This second time around, there has been an even greater impact, as recovery and assistance measures have been lacking, and the state government’s stimulus for small business is proving illusionary at best.
“The CBD is down to two per cent foot traffic and the help that these businesses need is cash,”.
Paul Crossin is standing with me in the fight for small business to have a say at the table.
“We know that this is not working but nobody is talking about it and I would put this right at the [door of the] state government who created this mess.”
“How Covid will impact on the major cities and their sense of community is a real challenge and I don’t hear anyone talking about that,” Crossin said.
“Rebuilding is going to be a major challenge and you hear someone like Harry Triguboff saying that he will be converting some of his officer floors into residential to try and bring people back into the city.
“Major corporations are downsizing due to the decrease in the floor space they need.
“What is Council going to do about that and how is the state government going to accomodate that?”