More pit­stops help­ing drive Geurie econ­omy

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN By JOHN RYAN By JOHN RYAN

THE dan­gers of salt poi­son­ing the land­scape are all too ev­i­dent in this pad­dock south­east of Dubbo.

Salin­ity is nor­mally per­ceived as a threat dur­ing wet years so for this salt to be so ob­vi­ous dur­ing such a harsh drought is a re­minder of just how im­por­tant it is to prop­erly man­age our land­scapes. THIS re­porter got a bit of a shock when Scott Hutchin­son came out to fill up the ute at Geurie’s Pit­stop Garage, be­cause it’s so un­usual to find drive­way ser­vice in Aus­tralia these days.

“Just happy to see peo­ple come in here and buy their fuel, we’re happy to give drive­way ser­vice, it’s all good,” Mr Hutchin­son said.

Dubbo Photo News ran a story on the ef­fects of the drought at the Pit­stop Garage a few weeks back and since then, Scott says, plenty of Dubbo res­i­dents have called in to buy fuel when they’re head­ing east.

“We’ve def­i­nitely had a re­sult from that story, it’s been good. Ev­ery­one’s pleased to come to an owner-op­er­ated busi­ness, a lo­cal busi­ness. We’ve had com­ments when they’ve come in the door.

Mr Hutchison said it’s all a mat­ter of scale, be­liev­ing it’s al­most un­no­tice­able for large cor­po­rate fuel sta­tions in Dubbo to lose a few cus­tomers each day, but said it means the world to him, run­ning a small busi­ness in a small town that’s been hard hit by the drought.

“Def­i­nitely mate, def­i­nitely, it’s help­ing to keep the busi­ness go­ing, for sure,” Mr Hutchin­son said.

He said it feels great to see new, first-time cus­tomers who call in and who feel good that they can do their lit­tle bit to as­sist busi­nesses like his.

“I just put the nor­mal markup on the fuel from the price I buy it for, I’ve al­ways been fair,” Mr Hutchin­son said.

“I en­cour­age peo­ple to sup­port busi­nesses in the vil­lages and towns be­cause we also sup­port our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“I give a lot to the Pic­nic Races, the Geurie Goats footy club and lots of things around town, the hall and ev­ery­thing, so if busi­nesses like us are forced to close down, ev­ery­one suf­fers,” he said. WHO would have thought driv­ers de­liv­er­ing piz­zas needed dan­ger money, but that’s what the world seems to be com­ing to.

A Domino’s de­liv­ery car had rocks thrown through its win­dows one night of the long week­end, CCTV footage cap­tur­ing about 10 kids do­ing the dam­age in the wee hours of dark­ness.

That’s on top of a de­liv­ery driver get­ting robbed while sit­ting at traf­fic lights not long ago.

You know things are get­ting des­per­ate when a pizza car is robbed for a few bucks. MORE than 500,000 Aus­tralians now have ac­cess to cheaper medicines, Mem­ber for Parkes Mark Coul­ton said this week.

“More life-sav­ing drugs will be listed on the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fits Scheme, which in some cases will save pa­tients more than $100,000, in­clud­ing peo­ple in the Parkes elec­torate,” he said.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

Owner of the Pit­stop Garage in Geurie, Scott Hutchin­son, says he’s seen lots of ex­tra cus­tomers since a re­cent re­port in Dubbo Photo News, which in turn helps the lo­cal com­mu­nity. PHOTO: PHOTO NEWS

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