Monthly Archives: February 2014

Regional Returners

Sally Alden More Australians aged 25 to 44 are moving from cities to regional areas. Coined 'Regional Returners', this domestic mobility has led to an increase in Australia's regional population by 10,597 people. According to the Regional Australia Institute, 'Returners' make up a significant pattern in internal migration that often fails to be recognised as a positive - and popular - life choice for many Australians. Despite the...

Farmers caught in drought rift

A rift has developed between Barnaby Joyce and his leader Tony Abbott as to how to best handle the worsening drought situation in New South Wales and Queensland. Tony Abbott is talking tough while Barnaby Joyce is obviously feeling the pain of his constituents. The Prime Minster said he will flesh out a drought assistance package for farmers in NSW and Queensland this week. On Monday...

Small business a big hit

Sally Alden The Small Biz Bus visited Quirindi and Werris Creek this week, with Business Advisor, Janette Wray saying it is the busiest she has ever been. “We held back to back meetings with local business owners encompassing a wide range of topics. It is obvious there are a lot of small businesses doing it tough at the moment, due to the effects of the drought, but...