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Warragul CBD consultation for traders

After Queen Street, consultation now sought with Warragul CBD businesses

Safety is the key issue in Queen Street, Warragul’s commercial zone. IMAGE: Courtesy of Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen – click on image for full published story.

Queen Street hit the media radar across Australia, when tree planting works abruptly halted after it was discovered they were to be installed in the shared parking and bike zone marked by paint in the road pavement.

Last Tuesday’s (13 October) meeting, facilitated by WBG at Gippsland Business Centre, gave Queen Street traders and the cycling community an opportunity to discuss concerns with Council representatives.

Road user safety, traffic movement and parking in the shared commercially zoned road space was at the heart of most issues raised.

Post meeting, a number of WBG members wrote emails expressing concerns and contributed many positive ideas for improving the appearance of Warragul’s streetscape.

A follow up meeting is scheduled between WBG executives and Council representatives to discuss concerns and ideas put forward.  Outcomes of this meeting will be communicated to all members.

An initial consultation process is now being set up with CBD businesses relating to proposed streetscape works.  Consequently, a meeting has been scheduled this Tuesday 20 October at 10.30am at Baw Baw Shire Council Chambers in Warragul. 

The following is an extract from Baw Baw Shire Council’s web post on the topic:

The $3.8 million project aims to reinvigorate the retail precinct of Warragul as intended by the Warragul Town Centre and Station Precinct Masterplans.

Council will undertake community consultation on the desired outcomes of the project with relevant business owners and occupiers and key stakeholders in the next few weeks.

Feedback from the consultation process will be considered to be incorporated in the project design.

Key activities scheduled for the 2015/16 financial year include:

  • Reviewing the concept design and completing the designs for works in Queen Street Park and Pedestrian Promenade between Smith Street and Gladstone Street; Warragul and Smith Street streetscape works between Queen Street and Palmerston Street, Warragul.
  • Formalising the two Smith Street pedestrian crossings between Palmerston and Albert Street, Warragul.
  • Finalising the design of Palmerston Street streetscape works between  Victoria Street and Smith Street, Warragul.
    The final stage of the Warragul CBD Streetscape Project is scheduled to be completed by 2019/20 financial year.

Business dispute webinars

2015 Webinar Series presented by Victorian Small Business Commission

Business disputeThe VSBC is your first port of call for independent guidance on business disputes. This series of webinars are run as 30 minute presentations.  Participants are able to send in questions during this time and time is allowed for a brief Q&A to respond to any questions received after each webinar.

Retail Leases: Your rights and responsibilities as Tenant or Landlord

Join Mark Schramm, Senior Manager at the Office of VSBC for a webinar on Retail Leases.  This webinar will focus on landlord and tenant rights, responsibilities and obligations under the Retail Leases Act.  Hints and tips will be provided on the main causes of retail tenancy disputes and how to prevent disputes from arising. The role of the Commissioner’s Office in resolving retail lease disputes quickly, and at low cost, will also be discussed. Attendees are able to send in questions during that time and Mark will respond once the presentation is finished.
Thursday, 15 October at  10.00am to 10.40am 
Wednesday, 25 November  at 12.30pm to 1.10pm 
Tuesday, 8 December at 1.30pm to 2.10pm
Registration:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/983589386288345858

Develop good business practices and avoid commercial disputes

The Victorian Small Business Commissioner will present a webinar including an overview of the services provided by his Office. Attendees can send in questions to the Commissioner during his presentation which he will then address at the end. The webinar will touch on topics such as:

  • How to resolve commercial disputes quickly and at low cost
  • Retail leases – what are the main problems arising
  • Unfair contract terms in business contracts – understanding what you are signing and what to look for.
  • Potential pitfalls for start up businesses.
  • The cost of litigation to your business

Wednesday, 14 October  at 12.30pm to 1.10pm
Thursday, 19 November at  3.15pm to 3.55pm
Wednesday, 2 December at 10.00am to 10.40am
Registration:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/292478158487528705

Steps to building winning business relationships

A study by Deloitte commissioned by the VSBC highlighted that a vital ingredient to success for businesses is the formation of strong, mutually beneficial business relationships. This 30 minute webinar will discuss and explore the seven main characteristics for building and maintaining successful business relationships including:

  • What businesses need to look out for when building new relationships;
  • Develop strategies for working with other businesses;
  • Tips to think about before signing a new contract; and
  • How to manage disputes in the event that relationships turn sour.

Wednesday, 7 October at 1.00pm to 1.40pm
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6220264202224015361

Avoid problems in your franchise – hints and tips

The Commissioner will present a webinar providing hints and tips on how to avoid problems in your franchise. During the session attendees will be able to send in questions to the Commissioner which he will address at the end of his presentation. This session will also include an overview of the services provided by the VSBC.

Thursday, 12 November at  12.15pm to 10.40am
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6772636853803426305

Contact: Geoff Browne, Victorian Small Business Commissioner
P: 03 9651 7636 or email geoff.browne@vsbc.vic.gov.au