73% of locals who filled out our survey said they wanted more of a village character in Manly. A further 58% said they wanted more businesses run by locals - not chain stores and franchises. And yet Manly is probably one of the most difficult places to open a small business in Australia.
It's the only Council where: you have to pay a Section 94 parking levy of $10,000 per seat (even if no parking is available) for every seat in your new small coffee shop - which locals walk to. It's the only Council which requires you to fill out a Development Application (and pay fees) even though you are only changing a business name. We believe it's the only Council that doesn't have Development Applications easily accessible on its website. Inspectors arrive unannounced and charge you $50 to inspect your fridge; rangers book you if you overstay the loading zone time while you unload stock; and is it good for business that shop keepers feel intimidated about speaking out "because the Council can make my life very difficult".
It's time to change all that. Manly has a proud tradition of local, small business owners, many of whom are 4th & 5th generation here. We have entrepreneurs, art & craft people, photographers, chefs, IT experts and some wonderful characters who live in Manly. Let's just get out of their way, reduce the red tape, and let Manly thrive.
What has your experience been? What would you like to see?
What we stand for:
3 hour free parking for locals
Stop $40m* car park under Manly Oval
Improved infrastructure for ALL our suburbs
Restore the village character of Manly
More assistance for small businesses
Free Wi-Fi in retail areas
Create a world-class Harbour Pool
Prohibit over-development of the Royal Far West site
Provide safer commuter & recreational cycling
Revitalise Seaforth TAFE site as a community centre
Create Public Art Precincts
Protect & enhance our natural & marine environment