Lazy/busy long weekend. Tax chat.
HOW good was it to see the rain during the weekend?
No, not enough, but if we can keep getting those half inch gentle falls it could be a massive help to transition the bush back into some semblance of enabling a measurable return on capital investment from farmland.
I’ll talk about investments and profits a bit further down this column. AFTER a dreary Saturday, the clouds miraculously lifted for a beautiful Sunday morning.
I drove out to check out the Lazy River Markets and as soon as I crossed the railway line down the bottom of Macquarie Street I started seeing a stream of traffic, with cars parked more than a kilometre away from the stalls – it looked like the traffic jams on Origin Day at ANZ.
Busy directing traffic and doing the back of house organising that goes with such events, directing the people in their thousands, Pam Scott said the quality of the goods on display ensured a strong turn-out from locals and visitors alike.
“This year at our winter market, we’ve got stallholders from Noosa, the Gold Coast, a lot from around Manildra and Orange which we’ve never had before, as well as from Sydney and Bathurst,” Mrs Scott said.
“I’ve just been around the stallholders and they’ve said it’s unbelievable.
“We chose Sunday... as we know there’s not much happening in Dubbo on the long weekend. Walking around, the visitation we have is a lot of tourists and the stallholders are saying that,” she said. YOU don’t think too much about alcohol producers in the Central West unless they’re making wine, but Brian and Genise Hollingworth from Mendooran’s Black Gate Distillery were doing a roaring trade at Sunday’s Lazy River Markets.
For those who were looking for some inner warmth but aren’t fans of dark rum, there was a single malt whiskey on offer as well.
The couple spent a few years while still working at day jobs to finance their business, and now all that hard work is paying off, according to Brian.
“We sell most of our whiskey and rum in the capitals. Markets are a small part of our sales but it’s growing,” Mr Hollingworth said.
“It’s a great day here, the Lazy River markets are fantastic, I didn’t expect so many stallholders and everyone’s enjoying themselves.
“We’ll come back for sure,” he said. I’M a huge fan of books, especially second-hand ones, so when we pulled up to do some jobs down the main street I wandered into The Book Connection to see what treasures had been left unmolested by others.
Bookstore proprietor Dave Pankhurst said it was one of the busiest weekends the business had ever seen, with out-of-towners appreciating a standalone bookshop which wasn’t of the cookie cutter variety, and where people don’t know what they’ll find.
It wasn’t too far west this weekend when it came to book sales. MONDAY saw the many tourists and visitors preparing to leave town and that included Bridgid and Andrew Kilgour who’d stopped in to use the do-it-yourself dog wash out the front of Brennan’s Mitre 10 in Dubbo.
“We’ve been visiting Brigid’s parents here in Dubbo and we’re about to drive home to Wagga and he gets filthy on the farm, so he’s got to be cleaned for the trip home,” Mr Kilgour said.
It certainly is a dog’s life. AS reported on an earlier page in this edition of Dubbo Photo News, Eric Shanks was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List, announced on Monday.
Kurt Fearnley was also awarded an AO and while he’s not from Dubbo, I well remember interviewing him for the news when he was captain of Blayney High School – and very few people had ever made such an impression on me as that bloke did. The work he’s done across a range of areas is amazing. He’s truly a great Australian. THE Business Council of Australia (BCA) is in business to help big business, not anyone else, but some aspects of its latest push could be re-jigged and redirected to help regional Australia.
According to BCA chief executive Jennifer Westacott, the nation’s 30 per cent company tax rate means our regions are struggling to attract the investment they need to create local jobs and keep local economies thriving.
“When it comes to unemployment regional Australia is being left behind, in part because Australia’s company tax rate is woefully uncompetitive,” Ms Westacott said.
“Young people looking for work deserve the opportunity to contribute, earn and support themselves in their communities.
“Regional Australia needs big investments in industries like mining and agribusiness to ensure they keep growing, producing and create jobs – helping local economies and communities thrive means we must attract the investment that creates jobs and gets wages flowing again,” she said.
If that’s the case, why isn’t the BCA fighting for taxation zones in the bush.
This would potentially create the investment the BCA claims the regions are starving for, and give a great competitive edge which could see major companies leaving the over-crowded and expensive cities behind to start anew in the bush, with less overheads and thus more competitively.
Instead the BCA is trying to keep the status quo, but generating media by mentioning the bush in a token way, in a bid to garner country support to lower company tax.
First, we need to get all these corporates to pay the massive billions they seem to avoid in tax each and every year, and we need to support tax breaks to not just the regions, but also genuine
Genise Hollingworth from Mendooran’s Black Gate Distillery hands over a nip of single malt whiskey for Belinda Edmondson to taste-test. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.
After Saturday’s rain, Sunday turned on the blue sky for the packed Lazy River Markets.
Using the dog wash at Brennan’s Mitre 10 in Dubbo.
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