Mulch threat to busi­ness

SOIL COM­PANY FEARS CLO­SURE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

THE own­ers of a Carlisle busi­ness are wor­ried they might have to close fol­low­ing the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s de­ci­sion to give away free mulch.

A CARLISLE busi­ness is wor­ried it might have to close fol­low­ing the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s de­ci­sion to give away free mulch.

Af­ter trees were cut down at Lath­lain Park to make way for the West Coast Ea­gles, the coun­cil gave away about 500 cu­bic me­tres of mulch.

As a re­sult, Carlisle Soil­yard did not sell any mulch in the past two weeks.

Busi­ness owner Tracy Seery said she and her hus­band, Peter, were mor­ti­fied when they learnt about the coun­cil’s plans.

“It takes away any profit we would have at this time of year; the mulch they gave away would pretty much match what we’d sell for the year,” she said.

“Usu­ally we are packed at this time of year.

“But I es­ti­mate it’s cost us about $10,000 be­cause that was our sales dur­ing Septem­ber last year,” she said. “I’d say about 99 per cent of our sales are from Au­gust to Oc­to­ber but we haven’t had a sale in two weeks.

“I can’t blame peo­ple for pick­ing up the mulch for free but for us it won’t just im­pact us for this year but for the years to come be­cause they have got their mulch sorted so we are wor­ried about the fu­ture.

“I don’t think they thought about a small busi­ness like our­selves. There was no con­sid­er­a­ton for us.”

Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­thony Vuleta said the coun­cil ac­knowl­edged that the tree re­moval at Lath­lain Park was up­set­ting for some in the com­mu­nity, and giv­ing out the mulch from the trees was “a pos­i­tive step of good­will.”

“The Town re­ceived largely pos­i­tive feed­back about the mulch on so­cial me­dia and the fact there is hardly any left shows that,” he said.

“The Town can sym­pa­thise with any busi­ness af­fected by this but this was about repur­pos­ing the trees from Lath­lain and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity as a whole.”

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Soil­yard own­ers Peter and Tracy Seery with their son Robert.

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