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Do you work or volunteer for a charity
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), the
independent national regulator of charities, is holding a session in your community.
The session is for people running charities of all sizes and types, who need to
meet ACNC obligations (including reporting the Annual Information Statement)
or need support accessing the online ACNC Register and Charity Portal.
Come along and ask the ACNC
Tuesday 12 August 2014
28-30 Kingfisher Drive
You can attend a presentation at 10.00am to hear how the ACNC works with
charities, followed by morning tea. ACNC staff will be available to answer
questions from 8.00am -- midday.
Register at acnc.gov.au/AskACNC or by calling 13 22 62.
In my opinion...
IDON'T want to tell you how to run
But if you want your business to become
my business, you need to give me reason.
I have never owned a business or even
worked for a business smaller than a certain
popular sporting chain, so I should be the last
person to dish out tips during local shop talk.
The closest I have come to business
management is trying to sell my car on Ebay
once and that was an ordeal I never want to
But if there's one side of business I'm more
than familiar with, it's shopping and knowing
what I want for my money.
Last month it became evident there is a rift
between some local businesses and council,
leaving the floor open for debate.
Gawler Council last month sent a strong
message to local business - don't rely on local
Having moved several times in my childhood
and getting a taste for online shopping in my
late teens, the idea of local loyalty is foreign to
In fact, until I started working in Gawler,
I had never even heard of the 'buy local'
Today, there are a few local business that I
use on a weekly basis and I can tell you there is
definitely value in buying local.
The Gawler region and its surrounds
generate some of the most coveted produce in
This region has some unique opportunities
to source food directly from its producers,
which in itself has many benefits, from
personal savings to pouring money back into
the local economy, instead of the middle man,
to reducing carbon emissions.
Having said that, I don't believe in local
investment for the sake of local investment.
Like the old saying goes, you need to give to
And in today's economy you need to give
what is needed.
The digital era has brought on a whole new
level of competition and consumers now more
than ever need incentive to buy local.
And I don't think it's up to them to find it.
Businesses need to continue offering
customers what they need, not what they want
And while online shopping has become
a huge hurdle for the little shop that sells
mid-priced pants, it has also become a huge
opportunity not just to win a new market but
to test the need for its product.
Unlike physical stores, online spaces come
with a smaller barrage of set-up fees and no
commercial rates, so there is little reason to stall
putting your product to a wider audience.
Perhaps it is the fear of failure, of a poor
response, that holds business owners back from
pursuing a larger customer base.
But perhaps that is the biggest test.
It's not only the way we shop that has
changed, it is also what we need to shop for.
Taking on a new global market, could be eye
opening - not only to potential business but
to the potential lack of need for your current
The question is, is the local market willing to
change if it saves their business?
BUNYIP JOURNALIST NATALIE VIKHROV QUESTIONS
IS THE LOCAL MARKET WILLING TO CHANGE TO
SAVE ITS BUSINESS.
Skate park cameras
CCTV cameras have been installed
at the new youth precinct in Clon-
The cameras installed are high
resolution, new generation of digital
cameras capable of facial and/or
number-plate identification for both
day and night operations.
Both council and SAPOL will
have direct access to vision from the
ENROLMENT for the 2014
council elections close at 5pm this
An information session for potential
election candidates has been scheduled
on August 23.
This will be a regional session with
neighbouring councils promoting it to
Following the regional session
will be a one-hour Gawler-specific
The event will be on Saturday,
August 23 from 9am to 2pm (lunch
included) at Gawler & Barossa Jockey
Visit Council's website (gawler.
sa.gov.au) for further information.
GAWLER'S 175th year, provides
the theme Celebration for this year's
Gawler Poetry Competition.
Entries are open to residents of
South Australia and prizes will be
awarded in several categories.
More information about the
competition and entry forms are
available from council's libraries or its
Entries close Friday, August 29.
COUNCIL has continued with
its enforcement of development in
Gawler and has issued warnings
and one order to make good devel-
opment that does not comply with
approved plans and conditions.
The issuing of an order is a serious
step for council and the developer and
can result in significant fines.
This is a disappointing outcome,
as council is keen to see the town
develop and at the same time must
enforce breaches of conditions,
relating to such a development.
Gawler 175th events
Tomorrow: Pharmacies of Gawler
over the years - Humphrey George.
Contact Gawler History Team's
Brian Thom (0412 015 990,
email@example.com) for details.
Thursday, August 14, to Sunday,
September 21: The seventh Gawler
Art Award. Contact Judy Ferguson
Now until Sunday, August 24:
Gawler SALA Art Trail. Seven venues
across Gawler exhibiting art for the
Saturday, August 30 and 31 - 2014
Gawler Show. Contact: Ian Dawe
(8523 1477, gawlershow@bigpond.
Gawler - too lovely to litter
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