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Skip the permit and get back to outdoor training in Casey

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The City of Casey is helping local fitness trainers get back to business by trialling a new program to remove red tape to help them operate from Council reserves easily and at no cost.

Co-designed between Council and the Victorian State Government, via their Automatic Approvals program, Casey’s Skip the Permit is a pilot program which removes the need for fitness training businesses to obtain a permit to use Council reserves. The pilot will allow eligible businesses to get up and running quickly by submitting an online notification to Council, saving time, and removing the costs associated with a traditional permit application. 

The pilot will take place across selected Casey sites and the streamlined notification system will enable businesses to upload insurance certificates and advise Council of their participation. Once all required documents are submitted, businesses can begin using the reserve immediately.

The opportunity to participate in this trial reinforces the City of Casey’s commitment to reforming internal regulation and removing red tape to support local businesses and enhance economic activity post the 2021 lockdowns.

Skip the Permit for Fitness Trainers comes as businesses and residents embrace new freedoms along with the promise of warmer weather.

City of Casey’s Chair of Administrators, Noelene Duff PSM was pleased to see Council taking action to make Casey an easier place to do business.

“Aside from the obvious health and wellbeing benefits for our residents, providing an easier way for fitness training businesses to get back up and running is common sense,” she said.

“Casey is proud to be a sector leader in trialling initiatives that, if successful, can be rolled out more broadly across Victoria. We are committed to providing a meaningful response to supporting our local business community as they emerge from the impacts of Covid-19.

“This trial is the latest in a range of reform initiatives that Council is exploring to make it easier to do business in Casey.”

Skip the Permit is being trialled in a select range of Council reserves and is available for Casey-based fitness training businesses. The trial will take place for a limited period with a review and evaluation completed at its conclusion to determine if the program will be implemented on a permanent basis.

Fitness training businesses interested in taking part must submit a notification to Council before using the reserve. Business operators are encouraged to learn more online or to contact Council’s Economic Development Team on 9705 5200 or via email: ecodev@casey.vic.gov.au