Group raises sub­urb’s profile

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Mt Al­bert res­i­dents are unit­ing to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and help re­duce crime.

Eden Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber Pauline An­der­son wants to hear from peo­ple keen to join a Mt Al­bert busi­ness and com­mu­nity group as­so­ci­a­tion.

The group is aimed at in­creas­ing the profile of lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple into the area. It would also cre­ate a sup­port net­work be­tween busi­ness own­ers to in­crease se­cu­rity and pro­vide a fo­rum for con­cerns about lo­cal is­sues.

Mrs An­der­son says a pre­vi­ous busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion in Mt Al­bert be­came in­ac­tive when the St Lukes mall opened.

A new as­so­ci­a­tion would be a great way to bring peo­ple back to­gether, she says.

“We have good busi­nesses here and a great range of shops, so we want to en­cour­age peo­ple back. This will give peo­ple safety and se­cu­rity and it is a nice way to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses.”

Mrs An­der­son has taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for get­ting the as­so­ci­a­tion up and run­ning.

Once es­tab­lished it will be run by busi­ness own­ers. Aside from ben­e­fits for com­pa­nies, the group will also raise aware­ness of com­mu­nity groups and ser­vices avail­able in the area.

While some have a high profile, there are smaller groups who also need sup­port, Mrs An­der­son says.

The as­so­ci­a­tion will also put pres­sure on lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to rec­tify is­sues, such as im­prov­ing the Mt Al­bert train sta­tion.

Mrs An­der­son says costs will be kept to a min­i­mum so any busi­ness will be able to join.

Mt Al­bert Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion spokeswom- an Mary Ino­mata says the group will be won­der­ful for the area.

“We will cre­ate a much more vi­brant, in­ter­est­ing com­mu­nity by work­ing with each other,” she says.

“Peo­ple want to give their busi­ness to peo­ple in the lo­cal area and they are more likely to do that if busi­nesses are of­fer­ing what they want.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Pauline on 021770-799.

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