Just for a moment, close your eyes and open your mind. Think about all of the unique little shops in our community. Now replace them in your mind with multi-international franchised companies, Starbucks or Gloria Jean's. The Warrandyte Pub now a Hard Rock Cafe.
Quintons IGA gone and a massive Coles in its place selling caged eggs. All those gorgeous little craft and clothing shops replaced with Just Jeans, Sportsgirl and The Reject Shop. Does it still feel like our local community? The answer is no.
If money continues to be spent outside of the community by people not supporting local shops and industries, this horrible image may well be transplanted over the existing Warrandyte and surrounds. That's why it is so important to support the local people. Rather than your money going to the Gerry Harveys of the world, why not share it with the community?