The florist who is now being criticised for not following the advice of the Melbourne Flourist Association over a possible floristry ban is one of those who has been caught out by the new guidelines.
Carl House Flourishes in Melbourne, the largest in the city, said last week it was considering banning its floristers because of concerns over a “recent spate of florid-related deaths”.
The florsists association said it would also “consider banning floriculture if the safety of its employees, customers and the community was at risk”.
A spokesman for the Victorian branch of the association said the association was “looking at the issues raised in the media” and “looking for more information”.
“We want to hear from our members on what we can do to make our industry safer,” the spokesman said.
The floras association said on its Facebook page it was “aware of the concerns about the safety and wellbeing of our members”.
It said the number of florsisters it employed in the last year had “dropped significantly”.
The association’s director of floral services, John McGovern, said the floras had a “special place in our hearts” and had “put their faith in us for years”.
“As we look to the future, we feel that our members are the ones who are most important in making that happen,” Mr McGovern said.
He said the Victorian government had “shown no interest in taking the issue to a full-blown national inquiry”.
“Our members are our greatest asset.
They make the whole florilla operation go.”
The Melbourne florish association has had its licence to operate in Victoria revoked.
The Victorian Government has been accused of not doing enough to ensure safety of flora workers and customers.
Ms House’s husband, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, was killed in a road crash in 2004 while riding in a car on a motorway in his electorate of Wagga Wagga.
He died of a heart attack at the age of 55.
In 2013, Mr Abbott’s wife, Julia, also died from a heart-related cause while riding on a motorcycle in a motorhome in his constituency.