In most parts of the world shopkeepers can be seen cleaning up the areas outside their own shops because it’s a smart thing to do. (And the right thing to do considering the messes are made at least in part by their customers)
Here in Canberra we roll a bit different and so today the Liberals’ Giulia Jones is calling for more to be spent by the Government on further propping up the local shops:
Newly appointed Canberra Liberal MLA, Giulia Jones, will be addressing the Assembly tomorrow, Wednesday 20 March 2013, to call on the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to explain why local shopping centres throughout Canberra have been neglected and to move a motion for the Assembly to take action in improving the maintenance of local shops.
“Our local shopping centres in Canberra are deteriorating, particularly in the areas of cleanliness, parking, access, lighting and safety,” Mrs Jones said.
Despite repeated assurances from the Labor Government that issues at local shops are being address, the state of many local shops in Canberra remains unsatisfactory.
“Local shops are the heart of the Canberra community. Local shops need to meet the basic needs and services required by residents in their area. Local shops provide support and a sense of community, particularly modern mothers who have so much to fit into the day. ”
“There are vacancies at local shops which leave residents in the local area, leaving opportunities for graffiti and bird waste. Everyone is busy these days with work, children, and other commitments. We all rely on the local shops to help them get through the week.”