Kerry Whitaker
Kerry Whitaker

Bureaucracy not bad for some

MOST Gladstone business owners are feeling the heat of more government legislation and costs associated with it.

However, some have not had a problem so far, including Paula Lavinia, who recently set up her own hair salon, and found it fairly easy except for having to get trained-up for fire safety.

Stepping Stones director Heather Curran said there were a lot of guidelines in place for child care, but it was all worth it to ensure the safety of the children.

GAGAL CEO Kerry Whitaker said the cost of compliance is very burdensome for a not-for-profit agency, with GAGAL required to be complaint under a raft of legislation and regulation which relates to the vocational education and training sector as well as normal business compliance under the rules of ASIC.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance CEO Karen Porter said Gladstone region business and industry operates in a highly regulated environment.

There are a number of LNG proponents waiting on Federal Government environmental approvals to proceed with their respective projects.

Sothertons chartered accountant Judy Reynolds said the level of frustration for business owners was high as they see the time taken to comply with the red tape as unproductive.



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