The South Eastern Times : June 26th 2018
6 OPINION THE townsfolk of Mount Burr have reacted strongly to the recent cutbacks to their postal services. Their passion was evident at a town meeting on Sunday afternoon which was attended by 60, people including Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi and Member for Barker Tony Pasin. This represents a significant percentage of the town’s population and their willingness to come out at short notice on a cold winter’s afternoon shows the depth of their feelings. OUR VIEW Australia Post is yet to fully explain why the post office is no longer under the same roof as the town’s general store. The Federal Government agency will now provide a much-reduced postal service to the town and there is no word yet about the provision of over-the-counter banking and billpaying. Mount Burr residents deserve of a far better postal service than is currently being offered by Australia Post. Mr Pasin and Mr Gandolfi are to be commended for attending the meeting and showing their support for the Mount Burr township and district residents. In essence, the provision of postal services is a core responsibility of the Federal Government and has been since Federation 117 years ago. Mr Pasin has sought answers on TALKING TO THE TIMES ABN: 65 007 614851 Published: Tuesday & Thursday Deadlines: Displays: 10am 2 days prior to publication Classifieds: 11am day prior to publication Copy: 5pm 2 days prior to publication General Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, Email: email@example.com Advertising: Katherine Taylor Phone: 8733 3755, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Supervisor: Christian Greco Phone: 8724 1532, Email: email@example.com Editor: Jason Wallace Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: email@example.com Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Jason Wallace, 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier. The SE Times proudly uses 100% recycled paper. Send your news tips and contributions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Published by The Border Watch Pty Ltd ABN: 78 007 828 819 Registered office: 42 Davenport Street, Millicent SA 5280 Postal address: PO Box 22, Millicent SA 5280 Telephone: (08) 8733 3755 Fax: (08) 8733 4341 Business Hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday Proud member of Audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations 726885 Small businesses under pressure from retail giants WE hear it said all the time: “wow, haven’t things changed”. Every day we see or hear about a new technology or a device to make our life easier. There is innovation and progress going on everywhere. But we also have businesses closing down, families with little expendable cash, household expenses and fuel prices on the rise. How can this be so? Aren’t we the lucky country? For all the advancements we see, we still feel pressured and stressed, maybe even overwhelmed by what is happening both locally and globally. And small business, generally, feels the same. As we have seen with the royal commission into banking, when a few are given too much power, they dominate and manipulate the market, eventually eradicating the competition. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................10 CELLAR DWELLERS .................14-15 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............19 PUZZLES ........................................................20 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................21 SPORT RESULTS ..................................24 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 13°C Min 3°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 10% < 1mm UV: Low Wednesday Max 13°C Min 1°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 5% < 1mm UV: Low Thursday Max 13°C Min 1°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 10% < 1mm UV: Low 6 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Patches of light morning frost near the eastern border. Patchy morning fog. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 3 with daytime temperatures reaching around 13. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Areas of morning frost. Patchy morning fog. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 1 with daytime temperatures reaching around 13. Thursday: Cloudy. Areas of morning frost. Patchy morning fog. Light winds becoming northerly 15 to 20 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 1 with daytime temperatures reaching around 13. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds variable about 10 knots. Seas below 1 metre. 1st swell southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd swell southerly around 1 metre. Wednesday: Winds northeasterly below 10 knots shifting north to northeasterly about 10 knots during the evening. Seas below 0.5 metres. Swell southwesterly 1.5 metres. Tues 26th Sunrise 7.24am Sunset 4.58pm Wed 27th Sunrise 7.24am Sunset 4.59pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 26 2.43am 0.55m 11.33am 1.31m 7.57pm 0.67m 11.11pm 0.79m Wed 27 3.30am 0.51m 12.10pm 1.38m 8.20pm 0.65m11.55pm 0.8m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 26 2.55am 0.55m 11.45am 1.31m 8.09pm 0.67m 11.23pm0.79m Wed 27 3.42am 0.51m 12.22pm1.38m 8.32pm 0.65m 729906 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au This can also be said about the retail giants in this country, when allowed by government to dominate they too will attempt to eradicate smaller retail businesses. Why are they given so much power and allowed, in fact encouraged by government, to grow and expand? These actions see the largest employer in the country, small business, forced onto the back foot and quite often out of business altogether. After five years in a shopping centre, I know all to well how they operate. We as consumers are drawn like a moth to a flame by the bright lights, chrome and mirrors of these retail giants. The small retailer tries to fight back, hopes that good customer service, local knowledge and supporting the local community will be enough to retain the respect and loyalty of their customers. But as the pressure keeps being applied by the retail giants, more and more consumers are drawn to the flame, leaving the small businesses with reducing income and everincreasing overheads. Eventually something has to give and it generally sees the closure of another family-run local-employing, small business and the loss of another asset from the community. This in turn forces more consumers to the retail giants, who are rubbing their hands and smiling with glee at the demise of another family-run business. Small businesses do not have a lot of options, but being resilient, innovative and thinking outside the square is a start and if their customers understand that not only does that business need their support, they also need to accept that without change, that small business may not survive. That business may have started out as a hardware store many years ago and as customers kept asking it might now sell pet food and eventually became a pet store that also sells nuts and bolts. Or as is now common, a garden centre might have a café or tea house as part of its business as well as gifts and other treasures. To remain viable as a small business, change is going to be inevitable and essential. To do nothing as a business owner, or as a consumer, to expect a business to never change will simply spell the end. And none of us want to see that. City or country small business is under fire. Online shopping is booming, in-store customer numbers are dropping, the retail giants are dominating. But do we need one in every town on every corner, trading 24/7 and selling every product known to man? To suggest that you never shop at one of these retail giants, or never buy online, is not my aim. We all utilise these larger retailers and online sellers. But before you do, why not try locally first. Small business needs your help. Paul Smith proprietor, Millicent Newsagency Who is a worthy employee or business to be nominated in the annual awards run by the Millicent Business Community Association? ROGER ANDREWS Millicent Foster’s Foodland provides exceptional service and it is a familyowned business. WAYNE STEPHENS Adelaide I received friendly and outstanding service from Penny McCourt at the Millicent Post Office. WENDY BOTTING Millicent Glendee Auto Repairs provides wonderful and expert attention to detail for my vehicle. behalf of the Mount Burr community and he must continue to do so. The current member for Barker is an excellent grassroots politician and has developed close ties with the community of Mount Burr. He has volunteered to man the barbecue and bar on “Can Hill” at the Mount Burr football matches in 2017 and again this year. As a member of the Coalition, Mr Pasin is well placed to lobby Australia Post and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield about the postal needs of his constituents at Mount Burr.
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