Many business owners in Phillip believe the ACT Government has neglected the precinct while other areas of the capital flourish with publicly funded support, Phillip Business Community President Robert Issell says.
Businesses in Phillip feel that our area has been left behind, ignored and neglected by successive ACT Governments for too long. The Government’s focus seems to be on the new areas like Gungahlin and Molonglo to the detriment to older more established areas.
The Business Community of Phillip was established in February 2015 to give it a voice to initiate change and unite the Community for better outcomes.
We have been working towards a much more united community over the past 18 months.
The landlords in Phillip pay millions in rates and our Businesses contribute significantly to GST income and other taxes there is very little evidence of a plan to improve services in the area.
The gardens are neglected (what gardens, one could ask), rubbish bins do not exist except for this one found in Colbee Court, footpaths are breaking up and rubbish can be seen building up in many corners of our streets and parks.
There is not one flower in sight and no plans to help Phillip blossom once again.
Recently the ACT Government wanted to install parking meters and cause more pain and suffering to the hard working employees and business owners of Phillip. Thankfully they have put their plans on hold for the time being due to a rethink of their decision following a very loud outcry and many petitions presented to them by the Phillip Business Community.
Neglected and forgotten seems to be the complaints coming from most who work in Phillip. It is not the vibrant and actively inviting place it used to be.
Workers and Business owners are fed up with lack of care given to our area.