Num­bers are what make Rus­sell tick

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

HOWARD Rus­sell was born in Sin­gle­ton NSW with the ma­jor­ity of his early years based in the Suther­land Shire – in south­ern Syd­ney. He moved from there to the South­ern High­lands in NSW where he lived for many years and has resided in Beech­worth since 2004. What’s your job? Ac­count­ing and book­keep­ing in mainly ed­u­ca­tion roles and other ac­count­ing work. This in­volves com­ple­tion of busi­ness ac­tiv­ity state­ments (BAS), pay­roll and other ac­count­ing as­pects of a small busi­ness. What brought you to this role? The love of math­e­mat­ics and deal­ing with num­bers at­tracted me to ac­count­ing. I com­pleted a TAFE course in ac­count­ing orig­i­nally be­fore com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness at the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Syd­ney (UTS). What do you love about your job? I love meet­ing new peo­ple, and keep­ing abreast of all the on­go­ing changes in my field of work such as new tax­a­tion laws that im­pact or­gan­i­sa­tions, and the leg­is­la­tion for the hu­man re­sources side, as well as the chang­ing needs of tech­nol­ogy with cloud­based ac­count­ing sys­tems. This has seen the emer­gence of new cloud-based ac­count­ing sys­tems like Xero and with var­i­ous de­vel­oped App pro­grams that now in­te­grate with them. What do you do in the com­mu­nity? I have un­der­taken some vol­un­tary work at Quer­cus Beech­worth. With Quer­cus I as­sisted with the set up of the Beech­worth Old and New Art (BONA) dis­play at Easter this year. Funds raised for such events go back into sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity with sup­ply­ing food and as­sis­tance with ex­penses such as elec­tric­ity bills.

When my wife and I walk on the rail trail, we clear any ma­jor ob­sta­cles that could in­jure bike riders.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent com­mu­nity is­sue for you?

The cur­rent is­sue now is the Golden Ball bridge dam­age af­ter the flash flood­ing from last week. An­other im­por­tant is­sue is the lack of a fire man­age- ment pro­gram around Beech­worth to re­duce bush­fire risk in this re­gion.

What would you do to solve, change or im­prove that sit­u­a­tion?

In re­gards to the above com­mu­nity is­sues men­tioned - the Golden Ball bridge re­quires good com­mu­ni­ca­tion for the com­mu­nity about how long it will take to be re­paired, and with the fire man­age­ment around town, the Beech­worth com­mu­nity needs to be dis­cussing with lo­cal MP’s.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent world is­sue for you?

The im­pact of the very strange and ex­treme weather events of 2018. Among them are se­vere storms, vol­canic erup­tions, and hur­ri­canes.

If the per­son you’d most like to meet came to Indigo, or was al­ready here, who would that be and what would you show them?

I would have loved for my mum to have seen more of Beech­worth and the spec­tac­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions we have in town – in par­tic­u­lar the Burke Mu­seum and visit the won­der­ful neigh­bour­ing towns of Yackan­dan­dah, Ruther­glen, Mi­lawa and Chiltern. Why would you show her that? She would en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate the beau­ti­ful and his­tor­i­cal as­pects of Beech­worth, Yackan­dan­dah with its great va­ri­ety of shops and cafes; Ruther­glen for the winer­ies and shops; Mi­lawa to visit Brown Broth­ers and other winer­ies in the area and Chiltern for its his­tor­i­cal build­ings and an­tique shops. What book are you read­ing? Tax leg­is­la­tion for 2018 and V8 Su­per­car mag­a­zines. Not read­ing any fic­tion books at the mo­ment.

MATHS WHIZZ: Beech­worth’s Howard Rus­sell has an ac­count­ing ca­reer through a love of math­e­mat­ics.

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