A group of Australian men are calling for a national supermarket to open in their backyard, in an area of Melbourne’s north-east that has historically been left to fend for itself.
Key points:A group of men have launched an online petition calling for the supermarket to come to their backyardIn the petition, they want to open up a supermarket of their ownIn the video, they are seen walking along the banks of the Swan River and holding signs that read, “No supermarket, no supermarket”.
The group are also encouraging other men to sign the petition.
“It’s important that we open up the doors of this national supermarket for the community,” said one of the signers.
“If you have a problem with a store that’s not open, come up to the table and talk to us.
Let’s fix this and get it right.”
The group of about 40 men are from the northern suburb of Mount Gambier, a community of more than 3,000 people.
“They’re in a lot of pain, they’re feeling very downtrodden and they need a store to help them,” said John Pugh, a local community leader.
“And so the community, the business community and the city of Mount Gibson needs to come together and say let’s help these guys out and let’s open a supermarket here.”
The petition on Change.org, which has attracted more than 8,000 signatures, calls on the Federal Government to make the area of Mount Goulburn, just east of Mount Kedron, a regional centre for local and national retail.
“This area is not doing well financially and in terms of employment, as a result it’s becoming more isolated, the community is in dire straits and the residents are struggling with this,” Mr Pugh said.
“There’s a national retail outlet in Mount Goulsburgh, but that hasn’t been open for some time.”‘
A community needs a supermarket’Mr Pugh says it’s been a difficult year for the Mount Gogs.
“Last year it was really hard, with the floods, and a lot more people were living in the flood zone than they should have been.”
The community is struggling and they’re in great need for a supermarket.
“In February, a fire destroyed the nearby Woolworths supermarket, forcing the closure of the store for a number of months.
The group have now taken their campaign to a different community, in Mount Gibson.”
We’ve got some people in the Mount Gibson community who are really frustrated, because they don’t want to see a supermarket,” Mr Prugh said, “and they want a local supermarket.
“So the idea is we’ve got the Mount Kedsons and the Mount Gambiers together, we’ve given the community the opportunity to put the Mount Georges and the Mt Gouls, and now they’ve got to come up with something.”
Let’s open it up, let’s do it right, and let it be a national store.
“Mr Puddles group has also spoken to the Victorian Premier, Matthew Guy, and the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and is waiting to hear back.”
I just want to be part of this, because I think that this area is struggling in the long term and I think it’s really important that this community is given a supermarket to support them in their time of need,” he said.
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