Monday 22 July 2013

Trader's Response - "Tell 'em they're dreamin'."

Our article suggesting that traders need to keep an open mind about new proposals has drawn an excellent counter from one of our traders - 

I have always thought it the course of wisdom to answer a question only after you have heard and understood the question and carefully evaluated the possible answers.
"NO" to everything certainly does not reflect that philosophy. 
However, if you are not being asked a question but having an answer forced upon you then trying to be reasonable would be totally inappropriate, naive and gullible.

So if you want a "YES" from traders the onus is on the proponents of change to ensure that they are asking genuine questions, not rhetorical ones, but open ended questions which will attentively consider traders opinions and concerns before coming to conclusions.
This does not appear to be the case at the moment (and please don't even try to claim the series of meetings held last year were genuinely interested in doing that). We believe 3 redevelopment proposals have been put before State Government with no decision yet on the preferred option. We do not know the specifics of these 3 options. Obviously the impact assessment traders need to do cannot be done without detailed information on the specifics of the different options under appraisal.

Keep this quasi-engagement style going and our answer may be to quote Darryl Kerrigans famous statement from 'The Castle' and that is to say "Tell em they're dreamin".

22/7/2013 - 21:07 - Our Rights - "This is the problem that we have, as I have said before and I will continue to say, we all need to stick together and say what we want to see happen, but we don't. A lot of traders are too scared to stand up and fight as they don't want to lose their stalls or others don't care as they'll just sell their stall and move on or they are only in the market at the moment to make a quick few dollars. We need to engage the media if we don't start getting more of a say and being informed of what the future plans are." Leah