Numbers are what make Russell tick
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.