There is big space to fill, but who will it be?

11-07-2018 by admin

I got a letter from the government the other day.

It arrived in an unmarked envelope and was sincerely signed by the Prime Minister, head of the “team”.

It spoke of an “uncertain world” where “our country’s future” is at stake.

It also talks of new tax incentives for small business owners, in fact it is one of the five major points made inside the letter.

These are the same tax cuts some local small business owners have rolled their eyes at whenever it comes up in conversation.

They say it will make no change to their long weeks already necessary to sustain their business in a rural area.

More than tax cutsmay be needed to fill the region’s empty store fronts and shorten the unemployment line.

Perhaps the government’s talk of a transitioning economy means there is no future for shopfronts?

Maybe it’s a ruralAustralia full of street markets and online shops, free of high rental costs.

Maybe not, after all we do live in an “uncertain world”.

While the type of shopfrontsare changing, it is a slow and un-aesthetically-pleasing process for such a scenic part of the world.

The upsizing for want of a better word of the Salvation Army Store to bigger premises in Gipps St is perhaps a sign of a burgeoning second-hand market for cheaper goods as things are becoming tougher economically for families.

A research paper in a2014 issue of The Australasian Journal of Regional Studies found common barriers to small business innovation in Australiainclude poor infrastructure, skill shortages, resource dependence, lack of access to finance and political uncertainties.

A lack of infrastructure is a common barrier to small business innovation in Australia.

Looking at these findings it is obvious thecall for “political stability” in my letter is one thing that will help the region, while other barriers such as infrastructure and access to finance have not been addressed.

As a nation we have seen 66 major party leadership changes in state and federal politics in just 13 years, and with the chance of a hung parliament come election time we may be in for two elections this year.

The letter promises to create 200,000 new jobs in the next financial year.

Lets hope a few of those will be along Carp Street – ifthey are it will be through the hard work of residents, not because of a letter full of promises.

Alasdair McDonald

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