With the euphoria over the clean footpaths on Grafton Street starting to fade, Cairns Councillor Sno Bonneau with the encouragement of Cairns Post editor Gavin King has today announced council plans to implement a Local Law REQUIRING residents to "Buy Local" and support the local economy.
The first stage of this new Local Law requires all Cairns residents who have garden or pool service to employ gardeners and pool cleaners who reside in the same postal subdivision, as shown on official Queensland suburb maps. For example, residents of Edmonton can only employ gardeners who live in Edmonton, or who can prove they maintain an office in Edmonton. Likewise in every suburb of Cairns - except in the case of the CBD. Since few gardeners and poolies are resident in the CBD, this area will be opened to tradies in immediately adjacent suburbs like North Cairns, Edge Hill, and Portsmith.
Cr. Bonneau said "It's time to stop our hard earned dollars from going to residents outside our local communities. I'm tired of seeing Kewarra Beach gardeners driving around the Northern Beaches in Mercs and BMW's, bought with my neighbour's hard earned money".
This new Local Law should be implemented by council in time for the new financial year starting 1 July 2011. If proven successful, Bonneau has stated that the concept will be extended to other trades and businesses. He said "This will prove a boon to the Australian tradition of local business and tradies, and will discourage the continued growth of traders like Coles and Woolworth's who take all the profits for communities in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth".
We look forward to your comments on this progressive proposal from Sno Bonneau!