Business is often a cutthroat world in which every little advantage one can gain a competitor is exploited and ruthlessness is the order of the day. Thankfully, that’s not the case around here, as was demonstrated last week.
First, there was the Milton IGA, which decided to help local farmers by charging more for one line of milk and donating the proceeds to the district’s four dairy farmers.
This was a clear-cut example of local goodwill, an independent supermarket deciding to act on behalf of fellow local business operations – dairy farms – which have been enduring the double-edged sword of drought and pitiably small farmgate prices.
While the big supermarket chains dithered about adding a levy to their milk (when really they should end the destructive price war), this small operation in Milton stepped up and delivered. It deserves to be congratulated. If local dairy operations prosper, so do so many other businesses. It makes sense to help out when that help is most needed.
Business co-operation was also on show on Friday night at the Rotary Club of Milton-Ulladulla 2018 Community and Business Awards.
At this friendly celebration of local business, there was plenty of evidence of local enterprises supporting each other, bound by an ethic that recognises how important it is we all work together for the prosperity of the community.
The stand-out example was Business of the Year, The Old Schoolhouse, which offers guests a welcome hamper packed with local products. This gesture not only promotes other businesses but encourages visitors to get out in the district, sample some of the delights on offer and spend some money. Everybody wins.
The clear message from the awards night was that we are in this together. The more our local businesses thrive, the better off we all are.
Importantly, the awards night also recognises the work done by community groups and this year’s winner again reflected our ability to come together to achieve a common aim.
The Lions Ulladulla District Community Foundation was the body that brought the community together to make Jindelara Respite Cottage a reality.
Not only did it steer a mighty community effort, it managed to get service clubs Lions, Rotary and Apex working as one for the benefit of the community.
We should all be immensely proud.