So on Friday I was told that our local general store is closing - I was devastated for the owners but also for myself (as a fellow business owner) and the 808 residents of this fine Snowy Mountains town.
So Husband and I thought that we might take on the Lotto - our little town has a high percentage of elderly people who love to have their weekly flutter and to also go down and see Julie in the general store - this seemed to us like a vital service to keep going.
So we rang and spoke to NSW Lotteries and they told us "due to your business NOT being a primary newsagency the answer is NO" - like that - no consideration of any factors - the fact that we already own the local post office counted for nothing and therefore another important service for our town is going - and added "no business in your town will be able to take this on unless you buy the general store" :(
The NSW State Government needs to stop this ludicrious rule and help little towns survive - this could well be the start of other businesses closing - most of us are doing it a little tough and we all try to support each other equally BUT when the government has other ideas you really have to wonder where we will all end up.
I wish my lovely friends a lovely retirement and enjoy the sunshine xo a part of me is very very jealous!!