In Unley, businesses may only represent 10% of all buildings yet they generate 20% of the Council’s rates. Of all the “Cities” surrounding the CBD, Unley has the highest concentration of small businesses and can rightly claim the mantle as the small business capitol of the state. For the City of Unley, small business is fundamentally important and more than any other SA City, Unley has developed a range of programs aimed at assisting small businesses during an extremely difficult economic period.
Economic conditions remain tough and the City of Unley must maintain its focus on economic development and mainstreets. The upcoming elections present a perfect opportunity for small business and mainstreet issues to become a key component of any candidates campaign.
This is why I took the time to hand deliver electoral enrollment forms to every business across the city, from east to west up and down our city’s mainstreets of Glen Osmond, Fullarton, Duthy, Unley, King William, Goodwood, Leader, East and Maple Roads, Streets, and Avenues regardless of the weather.
The ratio of business votes to residential votes in the 2010 election was disproportionately low. It’s important that in 2014 the voter turnout increases, especially the business vote.
Enrolling is not automatic but it is amazingly easy. Like everything there is paperwork but don’t stress, it’s a “one pager” and easy to complete with only about 10 boxes to fill in. Legally, you need to apply to the Unley Council’s CEO Peter Tsokas but to save time, send the form that applies to your situation (for which form, read below):
Attention Senior Rates Officer
PO Box 1, Unley Road, Unley 5061, SA
To be clear, Unley contains 17 different suburbs. So if you operate a business in, Black Forest, Clarence Park, Everard Park, Forestville, Fullarton, Goodwood, Highgate, Hyde Park, Keswick, Kings Park, Malvern, Millswood, Myrtle Bank, Parkside, Unley, Unley Park, Wayville; then your business is in the Council area of the City of Unley.
As such you need to fill out form two or three.
Form two is for “Owner or Occupier (tenant)” of businesses. So this form is for people who own a building from which a business is conducted or for people who have a business in Unley but don’t own the building. Download Form Two Here: Council Enrolment Form 2 – Generic – Public
Form three is for “Group Owners and Group Occupiers”. In this case, if a property is owned by more than one person you can designate who the person will be who gets to vote and similarly, if the business is owned by more than one person, someone can be nominated as the lucky bunny who gets to vote. Download Form Three Here: Council Enrolment Form 3 -Generic – Public
I don’t need to extol the virtues of participating democratically but if you have lived in the Unley Council for over a month, done business here or own a property then you are part of the community.
What this Council does for society, for business and in planning is a framework which guides how we identify who we are as individuals and as an interconnected community.
More people are eligible to vote in Council elections than in State or Federal elections because Councils focus on the building you the roads that bring families together, customers into shops and families into parks (oh, and we care for those the parks also; mind you, Unley should be responsible for the Adelaide South Park Lands but that’s another issue for another time).
Get your forms in before August the 8th in order to qualify. If you have any questions simply call Unley Councils helpful staff on 83725111 or the Electoral Commission of SA on 1300655232.
rel=author Lachlan Clyne