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The cost of doing business

Originally published on ABC written by Jessica Longbottom & Eden Hynninen

For many residents in the quiet township of Pearcedale, the local shops are the heart of the community.

On this weekday, the complex an hour’s drive south-east of Melbourne is beating strong.

Shoppers exchange cheerios across the car park and small talk about the impending rain as they bustle, car keys in hand, between the 13 shops.

Just down the road is the well-to-do bayside of the Mornington Peninsula, with its white beaches and luxury cars.

But Pearcedale is more working-class — situated at the very edge of Melbourne, close to Western Port, where small semi-rural holdings meet the mangroves.

Residents still refer to it as a country town.

Screen Shot 2021-11-22 at 10.41.21 am

The cost of doing business

Originally published on ABC written by Jessica Longbottom & Eden Hynninen

For many residents in the quiet township of Pearcedale, the local shops are the heart of the community.

On this weekday, the complex an hour’s drive south-east of Melbourne is beating strong.

Shoppers exchange cheerios across the car park and small talk about the impending rain as they bustle, car keys in hand, between the 13 shops.

Just down the road is the well-to-do bayside of the Mornington Peninsula, with its white beaches and luxury cars.

But Pearcedale is more working-class — situated at the very edge of Melbourne, close to Western Port, where small semi-rural holdings meet the mangroves.

Residents still refer to it as a country town.