STEVEN Bailey, co-ordinator from Katter’s Australian Party’s Canberra office visited the Barossa Valley last week.
The aim of the visit was to talk to the locals, meet with businesses and get to know how they ‘tick’.
Originally from South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, Steven was keen to learn how our community worked and pick up ideas on how businesses such as The Co-op, in Nuriootpa operated successfully as a collective.
“Shopping locally as a collective prevents big business radically changing our communities for the worse and Katter’s Australian Party has vowed to restore competition to the market place and break this two chain duopoly,” Steven said.
“The Co-op at Nuriootpa is an inspiring example for other Australian communities of keeping this at bay and it is really important that our party is aware of this and take it on board.
“In the corridors of Canberra, we hear the language of public servants from the major parties is constantly about the ‘corporatisation of regional Australia’ but I have now learnt that the operations and module used by The Co-op is a brilliant arsenal against this,” Steven said.
Steven praised the efforts of Independent Senator Nick Xenophon as setting the precedent with his strong campaigning and speaking up about the problem with having fewer independent stores (two major supermarket chains dominating) which results in less competition and higher prices for consumers.