Closing shops in a rural community

I am at a sale today, living in a rural community is tough but made even tougher by drought over the last 12 months. It is never more obvious how tough economic times are when businesses close in rural communities. Over the last couple of years I have opened and closed a business, attempted to run an online business as well as help manage the farm, but some things have to give.

I have made some lovely friends in my rural town and have supported their businesses when I could. One of them that is closing today is the kids store. Chaos kids, this is terrible for a country town, Lana the owner has worked hard to get stock, carry various ranges including shoes and employed local staff. So with the closing of her shop people lose incomes. Whilst the dollar has to go further now people will have to pay to travel further to purchase kids clothing and shoes, she is keeping items for her online business but today is sad for her as she will be closing the door to her shop front for the last time. Get to her online business

Having older children, nieces and nephews I will miss the store as I could rush in, buy for said nieces or nephews and walk to the post office and send it, getting gifts to various states in Australia when I needed to. There will be families in our area who will really miss this shop and others who have come in and said “I haven’t been here before, why are you closing” should be ashamed.

I am trying to sell the last of my handbags, fascinators, scarfs & stuff from 3 years ago, at ridiculous prices and hope they don’t come home with me again.

We have united to try to clear out, we have joined with another girl who had a very successful party plan business on-line, it was spammed and she lost customers. She has beautiful cake stands, and party wear – check Leini’s gear out at, she is now concentrating on her commercial business, where she can cook and deliver to your shop. contact her at  

Here is a group of entrepreneurial ladies making the most of living in the country, managing family and farms earning a living to support their families and now looking to close down. It is a shame, there is no competition in town, many people will have to drive over 100 kms to get clothes & shoes for their children. If there is a business in your country town and they are struggling go in and purchase something, even to keep in the present cupboard, it may be the difference to keeping things open or closed.

To Lana I am sorry you are in this position, people don’t appreciate things till they have gone.



Accidents & Country HealthCare

It had to happen didn’t it, a farming accident, a swearing farmer, running dogs and a rushed trip to the Emergency department of the Keith Hospital. This is the hospital the community and I have worked hard to keep open for the last few years. He walked into the house as I was preparing dinner and said I’ve cut myself, I had a quick look and said off to hospital we go.

He went to shower whilst I turned the oven off, called the hospital to find out which Dr was on and to warn them we were 20 minutes out. I grabbed toothbrush & paste and a change of clothes for him (in case he was going to be transferred to Adelaide) put the dogs safely in their kennels and grabbed my handbag and pulled the car around the front. I wrapped his hand with the mandatory multiuse t-towel whilst he grabbed a beer and drank it on the way out.

We arrived at the hospital, he finished the beer by this time (yes against my better judgement and I didn’t say anything to him) and was taken to the trauma room. The room is tired and desperately needs an upgrade but until the future of the hospital is secured long-term, there is no point. The funding from the Labor Government was given for 3 years with the view it would be self-sustaining after that, we all hold our breath as the progression to get and keep a Dr is still a hurdle not yet reached.

The nurses work hard as whilst we were there, they had another walk in as well as the Aged Care unit. The Dr. was new and a Locum, the question was asked by the nurse who should get the Dr’s report, I automatically said the Keith Medical Centre and I watched as she wrote under Dr’s name LOCUM, KMC. It summed up the fact there is no permanent Dr in Keith and hope the search is ongoing and will be successful. If anyone knows of a Dr that would like to relocate to a country townin South Australia, let us know.

The Dr was thorough and farmer received 8 or 9 stitches to the palm of his writing hand. It is bandaged up like a boxing glove and he has woken with it sore this morning but all fingers intact, moving, good colour and good sensitivity, so no option of needing a specialist to sew back tendons and ligaments. (For all my nursing friends out there) He fell getting out-of-the-way of a trailor holding a piece of metal and this ended up cutting his hand. He is lucky, now he will have an excuse not to do the dishes, can’t wait till he works out that he will need a plastic bag over the hand whilst he showers.