Friday, May 31, 2024



Op shop’s benefits reach far and wide

Look First Op Shop appreciates the patronage of many local customers, alongside the visitors from out of town ... The theme behind the name is that we look beyond the “four walls” of our homes, our town, our country as we contribute into our local organisations and overseas – Ukraine, Niger, Indonesia and Timor Leste.

BCCM says Fonterra sale another blow for Australian dairy farmers

Melina Morrison. "The announcement by Fonterra that it intends to sell its Australian dairy processing assets is yet another blow to dairy farmers and a reminder about the precarious nature of our food security when staples like milk are passed around like commodities. This move, if it results in greater concentration of ownership of Australian dairy assets, will impact not only farmers but also consumers at the supermarket checkout."

Letters from Home: Eleanor Rigby

Self service checkouts. Like most of the population I dislike them. There are many reasons, of course doing people out of jobs is the main one, and pandering to the world's current do it fast and run attitude another. But speaking as one who way back worked as a part time checkout chick, I have other reasons.

Style abounds at your local Op Shop

Are you still struggling to find the perfect outfit for the upcoming Tennant Creek Two Cup Race Day? Or are you eagerly waiting for parcels containing parts of your outfit? Look no further than St Vinnies!

IGA for the win!

Put your head down with hard work and determination, and you will reap the rewards. That is precisely what Melanie and Glenn Faul of Barham IGA decided to do when they purchased IGA (formerly known as Murray Goulburn) 12 years ago.

Senate Inquiry confirms unconscionable treatment of growers by big supermarkets and Bunnings: NFF Horticulture Council

The NFF Horticulture Council ... welcomed the report by the Senate Select Committee on Supermarket Prices, which reveals the true cost of supermarket power and exploitative behaviour being borne by both Australian households and the national horticulture industry. Chair of the Council Jolyon Burnett said ... there has been shock at the evidence of widespread appalling treatment of fresh produce suppliers.

Statement on Supermarkets Senate Inquiry findings: NFF

We welcome ... release of Select Committee on Supermarket Prices final report. This inquiry has been an important opportunity to shine a light on the challenges being faced by many Australian producers. 

The war made dairy retail cultureless

In one city, the cost of milk is double! Buyers are outraged. And sellers set the prices they want. Yet the law prohibits making a trade markup on milk of more than 10 per cent. All this happens not only because of violation of the law. Another reason is the lack of a food consumption culture.

Wild Petals transforms former bank building and brings a new shop to town

The 1887 former bank building in Barker Street, Casino has been given a new lease of life with the opening of Wild Petals Market – a home decor gift shop ... Karen and Dieter Mayer bought the imposing building to house a shop for their daughter Maddy Mayer.

ASIC orders stop to centrepay at urban rampage stores

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has ordered that Coral Coast Distributors (Cairns) Pty Ltd can no longer sign-up customers into Centrepay credit arrangements in its Urban Rampage stores.

The sham we knew it would be: Katter

When the Government approached me to chair the Supermarket inquiry, it only took a minute to realise it was doomed for failure, Katter’s Australian Party Leader, and Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter said. “The Committee was only recently established, yet submissions are already about to close!” Mr Katter said.

Emerson’s interim report backs farmers’ call for mandatory code: NFF

The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the interim report reviewing the adequacy of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, saying the recommendations would help give the Code the teeth it needs. NFF President David Jochinke said the report backed farmers’ call for the Code to be made mandatory and be bolstered with greater penalties for breaches.

Exploitive powers of supermarkets confirmed, with growers forced to foot the bill, while Bunnings gets a free pass: NFF

The NFF Horticulture Council strongly supports the key recommendations detailed in the interim Independent Review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct ... The Council is particularly encouraged to see recommendations for the enforcement of the mandatory code, and the possibility of increased fines reaching up to 10 per cent of turnover, potentially amounting to billions.

Release of Food and Grocery Code Review interim report: Chalmers, Leigh

"Today we have released the interim report of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct independent review, commissioned by the Albanese Government. We want a fair go for families and a fair go for farmers. This work is all about making our supermarkets as competitive as they can be so Australians get the best prices possible": Jim Chalmers, Andrew Leigh.

Another newsagency closes

On Saturday The Clifton Newsagency closed its doors for the final time. This has been a major blow for both Clifton and Allora as it leaves empty shops in the main streets of the towns.

Not ‘egg-cellent’ news – consumers face higher chocolate prices heading into Easter: Rabobank

Australian consumers are facing higher chocolate prices heading into Easter, as global cocoa prices soar, according to Rabobank data. The global agribusiness banking specialist says data analysis shows Australian retail chocolate prices overall are up 8.8 per cent on the previous year.

IGA works to keep food security high during road closures

The recent weather conditions in Tennant Creek have led to multiple road closures which may cause concerns about potential food shortages. To address this issue, Tennant Creek IGA is taking proactive measures to ensure that food supplies remain stable.

Mayor recognises local award win

Toowoomba Region Mayor Geoff McDonald dropped into the IGA Local Grocer at Westbrook last week to congratulate the store on wins at a recent IGA conference ... The achievement is significant given that there are 65 stores judged in the various categories and the Westbrook shop has been operating for only two-and-a-half years.

Supermarkets gouge growers millions in rebates alone: NFF

The Senate Select Committee on Supermarket Prices continues its hearings in Melbourne ... having heard repeated incidences of poor - if not unconscionable - behaviour by supermarkets from consumers and growers alike in Hobart and yesterday in Orange. Chair of the NFF Horticulture Council Jolyon Burnett said evidence and testimony from growers and industry representatives had already painted a bleak picture of the unbalanced trading relationship between major supermarkets and fresh produce suppliers.

Food security at stake in supermarket inquiry: NSW Farmers Association

Australia will be unable to feed itself and farmers will be driven out of business unless radical action is taken to reform the supermarket retail sector, NSW Farmers has told a Senate Inquiry ... NSW Farmers Vice President Rebecca Reardon said ultimately Australia’s food security was at stake, continuing calls for meaningful competition reform until fair prices for farmers and families were achieved.

Meat dynasty Alice born and bred

Morgan Richards. The swarm of sales people in the Gillen shop of Milner Meats on Saturday mornings couldn’t make it clearer: The Alice is still a great place for a family business.

Town wide garage sales

Mark Blythe. Everybody the [Tarrangower] Times spoke to was very complimentary about last weekend’s town wide garage sale, and were quick to label it a great success. The final wash up was 203 maps sold at two dollars each and 71 houses on the map including the 10 at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre at $10 each...

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