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Supporting local businesses this Christmas

5 December 2017

The Kingston community has been encouraged to shop local this Christmas to support local traders.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said a thriving local economy was a key foundation of the Kingston community and called on Christmas shoppers to support local retailers.

“With the rise of online shopping many of our local traders are facing increasing competition,” Cr Staikos said.

“Let’s support them this Christmas by looking locally for gift and food shopping, and enjoying the many great local restaurants and cafes for our festive celebrations.”

Cr Staikos said Council was keen to support local businesses, which in turn supported the community by providing much-needed local jobs.

“We know there are so many community benefits to people living and working locally. Working close to home means people can cut their commuting time, have more time to spend with their families and friends, and reduce congestion on our roads.”

“I encourage local employers and jobseekers to make use of the website which helps match local employers with local people looking for work.”

Cr Staikos said Council was keen to see our community in secure employment with strong conditions and would advocate on behalf of local workers when needed.

“With the opening of Amazon in Melbourne’s south-east there have been many concerns raised about working conditions,” Cr Staikos said. “Overseas there have been reports of workers suffering heatstroke in factories, being penalised for taking sick leave and having timed toilet breaks.”

Council will write to Amazon requesting it provide strong working conditions for it staff, commit to pay a fair share of tax and meet with worker’s unions to discuss working conditions at the site.


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