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How Local Government can create a business enabling environment

19 July @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$32 – $48

Followed by drinks

Local governments influence the decisions of businesspeople to invest and create jobs. Whether they are a part of the Greater Perth metropolitan area, a regional centre or a small country town, local government authorities have the mandate and the powers to improve the local business environment and encourage more private investment. While economic development strategies and policies seek to promote local investment and business development, council attitudes towards planning and regulation often undermine these efforts.

This seminar will examine the role of local government in setting the business environment for private business growth. It explores the ways economic development, planning and regulation can be better integrated to improve the conditions for local business growth.


Dana Mason, Economist, Western Australian Local Government Association

Dana is the Manager of Economic Policy at the WA Local Government Association. She is an economist, policy leader and advocate with more than a decade’s experience in both the public and private sector. She is currently working with the local government sector to ensure it is well placed to deliver its important role in facilitating local economic development.



Shane Greive, Curtin University, Urban and Regional Planning, School of Design and the Built Environment

Dr Shane Greive is an academic aligned with Urban and Regional Planning, within the School of Design and Built Environment at Curtin University. His research and teaching interests include central city planning, economic development, and housing.  Current research projects include; commercial district revitalisation, the night time economy and housing reform.





Lauren Westcott, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, Small Business Development Corporation

Lauren is the Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Small Business Development Corporation. She manages the Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative which partners with local governments to improve the operating environment for small business. More broadly, Lauren has a strong advocacy role by representing the interests of small business to all tiers of government. Lauren has a strong research background with Honours in Molecular Biology and has worked in research and policy roles in the private and public sector for more than ten years.

Simon White, Publicus Pty. Ltd.

Dr Simon White is an independent policy advisor who helps national, regional and city governments, business organisations and development agencies formulate and implement strategies for economic growth, business development, business environment reform, and job creation. He has provided these services in over 30 countries across Africa and Asia, as well as in Australia and parts of Europe and the Pacific.


19 July
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$32 – $48


Economic Development Australia


Exhibition Space
Level 2, 140 William Street
Perth, WA 8000 Australia
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Creating a more enabling local business environment (MEMBER)$32.00

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Creating a more enabling local business environment (NON-MEMBER)$48.00

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