Saffin support to retainTarget

MP Janelle Saffin said families need a place to shop for their 'must haves', and tend to visit other businesses in the same visit.
MP Janelle Saffin said families need a place to shop for their 'must haves', and tend to visit other businesses in the same visit.

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is throwing her support behind efforts to keep the Tenterfield Target store open.

"I was very pleased that Mayor Cr Peter Petty in company with three other mayors, has met with Mr Steven Mann, Head of Corporate Affairs, Kmart Group (Kmart Australia and Target Australia) and put the case to keep the doors of the Target stores open in Tenterfield, Gilgandra, Eurobodalla and Temora," she said.

"It has been said that women rely on Target to be able to buy their basic underwear at reasonable prices. I'm sure that applies to the whole family."

"But Cr Petty is correct when he also points out the importance of the drawing power of stores like Target, and the impact that drawing power has on the CBD as a whole."

Ms Saffin said people come to visit for their 'must haves', and stay perhaps to eat and shop elsewhere in town.

"That's good for the Tenterfield economy and good for jobs.

"As your local state MP, I have now also approached Mr Mann to ask that Target reconsider their proposed closure in Tenterfield and backing our local mayor."

Ms Saffin appreciates that Target is part of a large corporation and is not a government service, but exists to maximise profit for its shareholders.

"However, it's not too much to ask them to consider exercising corporate social responsibilities in step with community expectations in Tenterfield and right across Australia when they are making such, for us, important decisions.

"I have offered Mayor Cr Petty my support and availability and I will do what I can to strengthen his hand in this important matter.

"I am however mindful as, Mayor Cr. Petty said, not to raise false hope, but we all have to try."

Ms Saffin said this is clearly an issue that crosses boundaries and it is important to speak with one voice on behalf of the community, bringing all voices as the community's representatives together.

This is not just about the closure of one store, this is about our local economy, jobs, access to goods and services and quality of life."

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