ON BORROWED TIME: Harrison Mallory gets down to business at Scumbags.
ON BORROWED TIME: Harrison Mallory gets down to business at Scumbags. Geoff Potter

A barber is 'not a trade': Scumbags angered by council view

SCUMBAGS Barbershop's Harrison Mallory has had to defend his profession after Noosa Council deemed it not a trade.

Scumbags is one of six businesses in a small community of shops in Noosaville reportedly given the boot for zoning non-compliance.

The shop was open for less than three months before it was served with the breach which reasoned it was a retail business operating in a commercial trade zone.

A furniture restoration shop, antique store, hairdressing salon and beautician were among others also believed to have been served.

The Noosa town plan defines a retail business as somewhere goods or services are displayed or offered for sale to the public.

Such use includes a shop, hairdressing salon, appliance repairs, dry cleaner or a cafe with dining facilities for up to 10 people.

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However it was unclear what was defined as a commercial trade. While Scumbags has until August next year to vacate, Mr Mallory said he planned to fight the breach as he believed his profession was a trade.

"Less than 20% of our business is dedicated to retail, I do find it insulting. I consider myself a trade person working in a trade district in a commercial business," he said.

"We're a trade that isn't considered a commercial trade. A mechanic is allowed to work on a car body but I'm not allowed to work on a person."

Mr Mallory has worked as a barber for the past 12 years, is a qualified hairdresser and barber and spent four years learning the trade.

"I believe we are a trade," he said.

A campaign has been started to save Scumbags Barbershop
A campaign has been started to save Scumbags Barbershop

He believes the complaint to council came from a disgruntled business applicant who highlighted other businesses in the region which did not meet the commercial trade zoning requirement.

"Someone had their nose out of joint," Mr Mallory said.

He said if he was forced to move he'd have to close his business as he couldn't afford to operate in the Noosa retail district.

A Facebook and in-store campaign to Save Scumbags has been set up to fight the breach.

Noosa Council did not respond to questions put to them on this issue.


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