Saturday, December 2, 2023



Optus outage outs Clarence Valley businesses and customers

Emma Pritchard & Rodney Stevens. Across the country, more than 10 million Optus customers were left red-faced on November 8 when one of Australia’s leading telecommunications networks experienced a nationwide outage, leaving many without phone and internet access for more than 12 hours ... Following the Optus outage, Australia’s transition to a cashless society has continued to fall under scrutiny.

Regulation of digital and crypto assets: Chalmers, Jones

The Albanese Government is outlining the next steps in its approach to regulating crypto and digital assets to protect consumers, support innovation and provide industry certainty. We are releasing a proposal paper that recommends making crypto exchanges and digital asset platforms subject to existing Australian financial services laws and requiring platform operators to obtain an Australian Financial Services Licence.

Talking meat prices and more with Farmer to Fridge, formerly Half A Cow

It's been a few seasons since Australian Rural & Regional News found out all about the innovative farm to plate online marketplace, Farmer to Fridge (formerly Half A Cow) from founder James Gilbert. Especially with prices the way they are, it's timely to find out how this young business is travelling, and what it has to offer meat producers and meat eaters too.

Independent Aussie ticketer Oztix acquires rival ticketing company and regional events specialists, Local Tickets

Australia’s largest independent ticketing company, Oztix, today announced the acquisition of Local Tickets — a smaller, rival ticketing agency specialising in local events Australia-wide. Local Tickets has been rebranded to Localtix, effectively immediately, and all Local Tickets clients will automatically have access to an expanded suite of Oztix product features as part of the companies coming together.

On tonight’s menu: saving the planet

Produce from local family farms direct to your door. Australia’s leading regenerative agriculture and food company, Dirty Clean Food, is calling on consumers to eat like their future depends on it ... Dirty Clean Food connects customers with local regenerative farmers creating a win-win transaction for both. 

Japan’s largest online retailer delivers big SA food and wine boost: Champion

South Australian food, wine and beverage companies continue to reap the rewards from Japan’s largest e-commerce site, connecting with millions of new customers as sales keep surging. Rakuten – a platform described as the “Amazon of Japan” – boasts more than 100 million Japanese users and is home to 27 per cent of Japanese e-commerce, a figure that equated to $40 billion in 2020.

Are farm machinery dealerships doomed?

Why do we have so many new car dealerships, machinery dealerships and electronic shops when the buyers are embracing the world of virtual e-commerce platforms for purchasing everything from clothing to cars? ... We need a revolution in how we buy and sell our farm machinery as the hidden costs of an old outdated system are being loaded onto the prices making expensive equipment even more expensive.

Interview with founder of farm to plate marketplace, Half A Cow Online, James Gilbert

Find out about the inspiration, operation and plans for the online marketplace that helps farmers sell their meat directly to customers and customers find the meat they want from its founder, James Gilbert.

Inaugural Australian Rural Business Awards highlights the best regional small businesses

Sarah Brits and Jenn Donovan. Exceptional small businesses are being recognised via the Australian Rural Business Awards, a newly-established awards system created exclusively for rural and regional small businesses. Powered by online bush marketplace Spend With Us, the awards shine a much-needed spotlight on the incredible retailers based in the country. 

Opinion: Cashless cards must go now

Samuel Davis. “Excuse me brotha, can you help me?” A gentle hand touched my arm and a man with a pained expression met my eyes as I turned. Standing with a credit card in one hand and a sheet of paper in the other, he stood next to an ATM inside a Cairns shopping centre ... The only problem was Caleb’s new credit card wouldn’t work. Reluctantly, I leaned in to see if I could help.

Founders of farmer network ONFARM – interview with Melinda and George King

After the announcement of the launch of the partnership between and the farmer to farmer transaction platform, ONFARM, Australian Rural & Regional News found out a bit more about this new e-commerce and social media venture from ONFARM's co-founders, Melinda and George King. partners with Australian farmer network ONFARM, the leading provider of secure online payments and a wholly owned subsidiary of Freelancer Limited (ASX: FLN, OTCQX: FLNCF), has announced a partnership with ONFARM, a world-first agricultural meeting and marketplace founded in Australia and available worldwide. The partnership will help secure farmer-to-farmer transactions for livestock, hay, grains, machinery, farming equipment and more.

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