Illegal businesses must act

SOME of Rockhampton's successful small businesses are a little too close to home.

In fact, dozens of them should not be at home.

A new report to the Rockhampton Regional Council reveals there have been 127 reports of people running businesses illegally from home or other premises in just four months.

Illegal boarding homes, a place of worship, fishmongers and 17 small motor repair operations are among the alleged offenders.

Now I admire people who run successful small businesses.

It takes courage, skill and plain old hard work to make it happen when you are master of your destiny.

If you are not making money, you won't survive for long.

However, there are certain safety and health regulations that must be followed otherwise there would be chaos if all businesses were allowed to operate on a trust basis. The neighbours of these ad hoc ventures must also be suffering.

I'm sure they didn't move in to a suburban home and expect to wake up one day living next to a backyard garage or a dozen people crammed into a four-bedroom boarding house.

These illegal operators in Rockhampton must take immediate action to put things right otherwise the council will be forced to, at ratepayers' expense.

The only businesses with something to fear are those who are operating well outside guidelines.

They may even be a health hazard or an accident waiting to happen.



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