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WA Labor leader Mark McGowan with Rita Saffioti, Adam Barnard and Amber Jade Sanderson.

A focus on business before state election

BOTH sides of politics have set their sights firmly on small business operators as next year’s State elections looms.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan was in Malaga talking about the Labor party’s Plan for Jobs, which he says will create thousands of jobs in the north eastern suburbs.

During a visit to a Malaga transport business Mr McGowan said creating more jobs closer to where people live would be a major focus of a McGowan Labor Government.

Mr McGowan said the Malaga employment hub had more than 3000 businesses, providing jobs for thousands of residents in the north eastern suburbs.

He said Labor’s Plan for Jobs would create more than 50,000 jobs across the State.

“The plan includes a big focus on providing opportunities for local businesses to benefit from big government projects,’’ he said.

“We will enact legislation to create the Western Australian Industry Participation Plan Act to create the opportunities for local SMEs (small and medium enterprises) to compete for government contracts.

“As of February unemployment in the north east region of Perth was at 7.4 per cent, higher than any other metropolitan region.”

Mr McGowan said a range of different businesses in Malaga would be able to benefit from their plan to create more jobs for residents in the north eastern corridor.

“As part of the plan, WA Labor will maximise apprenticeships and training positions in government contract work.”

Meanwhile, a location data hub has been launched at Landgate in Midland to give technology-based businesses, start-up companies and educational institutions access to a range of resources and networking opportunities.

Lands Minister Terry Redman said the new hub, named SPUR, would bring together a selection of Landgate services to support interested businesses and groups to develop new products, services and research projects.

“This new data hub will offer developer licences and enable these groups to explore government location data including information relating to property, roads, imagery and geography,” he said.

“For example, a start-up business wanting to produce an app for the property industry would be able to access location data relating to house valuations and sale prices through SPUR to use in the early stages of developing their product.

“Landgate has already helped a number of local start-ups to create prototypes of public safety, mining and other applications that use location information.”

“Groups will also be able to apply for innovation grants and seed funding through Landgate to help with the development of technologies and products that use location data.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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