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Environmental red tape and small businesses

On Feb 22 2012
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  • WA


Excessive, unnecessary paperwork has been known to slow down the process of building houses and ...

Excessive, unnecessary paperwork has been known to slow down the process of building houses and starting a new business.

Permits, regulations and legalese all have an effect on developing both residential and commercial real estate.

Perhaps the latest announcement from the Department of Environment and Water, as well as the department of Finance, Commerce and Small Business in Western Australia, will alleviate some of the stress that comes along with buying property in that region. 

The requirement to fill out a Schedule 2 form for Environmental Protection Regulations has been eliminated for businesses that do not pose a significant threat of damaging the environment.

Environment minister Bill Marmion said: "Small businesses, ranging from small abattoirs through to food curing activities and small plastics manufacturers, will no longer face the risk of being fined up to $25,000 for failing to register with the Department of Environment and Conservation."

Mr Marmion made sure to note the new policy would benefit small businesses by relieving financial and time burdens associated with regulations - and would not negatively impact the environment because existing controls sufficiently account for it.



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