Councillor Ian Scandrett has called on council to provide more support for Australian businesses, particularly in the Southern Highlands. Photo by Roy TruscottCOUNCILLOR Ian Scandrett has called for council to be more “fair dinkum”.
Cr Scandrett put forward a Notice of Motion in last week’s Ordinary Meeting of Council for council to re-examine its commitment to Australian made safety boots.
This included purchasing wholly Australian made safety boots and footwear within the shire, where possible.
“The point is, to buy Australian comes at a slight premium, but if we want to keep jobs in the area, we need to,” Cr Scandrett said.
“My reason for proposing this is to get us to think about where we spend our money, ethically, Rossi Boots do everything in Australia and generally speaking we should support local made and locally sold.
“The intent of this motion is to practice what we should be preaching and start talking among ourselves and the staff about our policy.”
Councillors Graham McLaughlin and Holly Campbell supported the motion.
Cr McLaughlin said his support was fuelled by the disappearance of industries in this shire.
“I will support this because I think we need to take a stand somewhere,” he said.
“If we are going to support jobs, we should start somewhere and should start in our own shire.”
Councillor Larry Whipper and Mayor Juliet Arkwright agreed the matter was a “nice idea” but unrealistic in today’s society.
“I agree in principal, the free trade kills us and we can’t do a damn thing about it,” Cr Whipper said.
“It’s a nice idea but you just can’t do it this day and age.”
Crs Whipper and Arkwright said the motion shouldn’t just specify boots and should be more broad.
“As much as I support the sentiment, it’s a bit too over specific, I would rather have a more over arching policy,” Cr Arkwright said.
“I think all of us in our hearts would love to see this.
“We should wish that wherever possible and feasible staff members look to purchase Australian made products.”
The motion was lost with six councillors voting against it, but Cr Scandrett urged councillors to think about buying Australian made, buying local and shopping local.
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