Coles Myer closure a concern -mayor

Casey Mayor Kevin Bradford
CASEY Mayor Kevin Bradford has expressed his disappointment about the closure of the Coles Myer Distribution Centre in Hampton Park.
Cr Bradford said by choosing to close this distribution centre, Coles Myer might be creating a massive hole in the local workforce by cutting 580 jobs and displacing many local employees.
“Whilst I respect that the company has made an economic decision to relocate elsewhere, I am worried for the future of the displaced workers and the impact this decision will have on both their families and the local economy,” he said.
Coles Myer will open new distribution centres in Somerton and Laverton and may offer the Hampton Park workers relocation.
However, Cr Bradford said this could be impractical for local workers.
“Council works proactively to develop business and employment opportunities within the municipality, so it is very disheartening when a company the size of the Coles Myer Distribution Centre closes its doors,” he said.
Cr Bradford said the City of Casey had long been a popular decentralised location for business and industry with plenty of available industrial land.
“I would encourage organisations considering new or expanded premises to consider moving to Casey, to take advantage of the geographical benefits and vibrant workforce that we have to offer.”