Florists across the country are being urged to stay away from the bouquet of flowers, as new laws are coming into effect for flowers in Victoria.
Victoria’s Fair Trading Act will come into effect from the start of next year, allowing flowers and flowers accessories to be used in businesses.
The act will also allow for the sale of flowers and accessories that are of “commercial nature”.
“I think it’s just really stupid and just not good for Victoria’s economy,” Florist and florister Fredrick Stokes said.
So the flowers are going out of business, the cost of the flowers is also going to increase, so it’s going to take more money out of the pocket of consumers.””
The cost of flowers is going to go up because of the new rules.”
So the flowers are going out of business, the cost of the flowers is also going to increase, so it’s going to take more money out of the pocket of consumers.
I’m concerned that the floristry industry will be affected because they will be out of a job.””
People will just be less likely to be able to spend the money on those flowers, so they’re less likely spend the time with the flowers,” Mr Stokes explained.
“I’m concerned that the floristry industry will be affected because they will be out of a job.”
Flower sellers are being advised to limit the number of flowers they sell, to a maximum of two per person, and to only buy the flowers that are grown locally.
Flowers will be banned from being put up on tables, and will have to be placed on a shelf or other container.
In the wake of the flourescent ban, floristic chains such as Blue Moon Flowers and Flourescent Florists have announced they will not be operating in Victoria this year.
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The Victoria Fair Trading (VFT) Act comes into effect on July 1, and is expected to have a major impact on the flurries industry.
“It’s just a bad idea for Victoria to ban flowers because they’re good,” Mr Steers said.
Victoria’s Flour, Flour Accessories and Foodservice Council said the Fair Trading laws would mean that there would be a significant reduction in the number and quality of flowers available in Victoria, and in the future it may be more difficult to attract floriculture industry jobs.
“The only thing that will stop us from being able to hire people is the cost to our workers, so this is the only way to protect the future,” VFT chief executive Kate Mowat said.
“But we can’t have that, and it’s something that we’re going through right now.”
We are doing what we can to keep the industry in Victoria and to ensure that there are a number of jobs and we’re doing everything we can, including getting out of Victoria.
“Flouries in Victoria: What to knowVFT said the new legislation will help boost Victoria’s tourism industry, and that florries are an important part of the local economy.”
Flowers are a major source of revenue for Victoria and the industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in Victoria,” Vft president and CEO David Leung said.