Lazy/busy long week­end. Tax chat.

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Weekender -

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.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

Af­ter Satur­day’s rain, Sun­day turned on the blue sky for the packed Lazy River Mar­kets.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

Us­ing the dog wash at Brennan’s Mitre 10 in Dubbo.

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