Shops still open for business

Brimbank mayor Georgina Papafotiou. (Damjan Janevski) 208311_03

Tate Papworth

Things may be quieter these days, but St Albans traders have far from shut up shop.

It’s no secret that traders are doing it tough, with many struggling to keep their businesses afloat.

Earlier this month, Brimbank council launched a campaign encouraging the community to shop local.

Mayor Georgina Papafotiou did just that last week.

“We know this is a stressful and uncertain time for local business. Our main priority is to support local business effectively, encourage our community to keep supporting local business and advocate for the ongoing needs of Brimbank business through the COVID-19 period and in recovery,” she said.

While in the area she visited the Tin Shed, where a group of dedicated volunteers continue to pack support bags for those in need.

A spokeswoman for the Tin Shed said demand for support had risen dramatically in recent weeks.

“Due to current COVID 19 restrictions in place to protect the community, our doors are closed to the public but we are still working hard behind the scenes to support the community,” she said

“We have had an increase in enquiries and those accessing support – demand has tripled – [and] food is going out to approx 120 people a week.

“We welcome donations of food items for these hampers so we can continue to support the community as the need becomes greater and greater at this time.”

For more information on the Tin Shed visit:

Tate Papworth