Target leaving Geelong
All comments to be attributed to Rebecca
Casson, CEO of the Committee for Geelong.
"While Target has been an
outstanding corporate citizen in our city, the Committee for
Geelong is extremely disappointed to hear of their plans to move
the Target head office to Melbourne, ending a 90-year association
Target has played a significant
role in our community over many years and, with 900 staff employed
at the headquarters in Geelong, our region will be greatly affected
by this move. Our thoughts are with those employees who are
now facing redundancy.
We are very concerned with the
comments made in regards to attracting talent to Target. Geelong
has a highly skilled workforce and the success of other
organisations, such as Cotton On, indicate that the quality of
staffing options in our city are equivalent to those in
Target's announcement further
reinforces the need to progress a shared vision for Geelong,
complemented by co-ordinated strategic economic development
activity. This issue was highlighted in the recent Commission
of Inquiry into the City of Greater Geelong. We call on the
Victorian State Government to make this a priority area for the new
Commissioners of the City of Greater Geelong."