The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Nov 2006
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10 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, November 28, 2006 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 28-N O V -2006 PA G E : 10 C O L O R : C M Y K business in the centre www.nt.gov.au/business Making things happen towards goals DES Rogers is the type of person who makes things happen. Peppered Black Security boss Des Rogers with manager Mick Campbell. Picture: CHLOE ERLICH has never seen himself inHe ha a passive role, rather Mrpassa Rogers works steadily towardsRogers his goals and ultimately hisgoals rewaards. As the former owner of Reds the forme Centre Produce, over the yearsCe roduc r Rogers has employed 168Mr R s has enous staff without rely-indigen stafff w ing on any government assist-ing on a vernm ancnce. His passion for helping hisHis pass for people find a footing in theple find f oti modern world and his drive arern worl d hih no doubt an inspiration.ubt an i ratti Mr Rogers is currently man-Rogers i enen aging his new business Pep-aging his new nei ered Black Security and saidpered Black S y a s up to indigenous people toits up to indig pe their initiative and skills touse their initia ndd s ieve their goals.achieve their g ateStra gyy e said: The issue of anti-He said: T ssue aviour in Alicesocial beha in eds a concentratedSprings nee oncen nd I believe indigen-strategy an eve in le can be more effec-ous people n be mmor addressing this issue.tive in ad ing th ppered Black Security isPepp Blacack pared to play a major role.prepa play a The hours are long but theT s are lohe hours rewards are starting to ap-re starrds are pear. With a pool of 12 qualifiedh a pWith indigenous security staff andndigenou quite a number of people inuite a nu training, the employment op-raining, t portunities for local indigenousortunitiep people are starting to open up.oplep Mr Rogers said: We have recently secured the contract for the Yeperenye Shopping Centreand threequalified indigenous staff will be working around the clock. When asked what advice he would give to someone thinking of starting their own business, Mr Rogers said research was the key. He said: I spent 20 months researching and developing this business. Owning your own business means livingbyyour owndecisions good or bad. Dont be afraid to ask for support if you need it and dont lose sight of your dream. Along with the security company, Peppered Black incorporates a number of enterprises such as the Indigenous Cafe, Hospitality Academy, Dance Troupe, Unearthing In digenousCuisineandPeppered Black Art. The whole concept is to get indigenous people involved and provide themwith practical experience running their own enterprise. Eventually Mr Rogers aims to have indigenous people experienced and confident enough to own their own companies. Anyone thinking of starting their own business, can call on the local Territory Business Centre for help. Call in to the office on the Stuart Highway or visit www.nt.gov.au/business BI-LO to be second Coles supermarket By CHELSEA ROGERS ALICE Springs will have a second Coles Supermarket by the end of the year. BI-LO Supermarket Alice Springs is one of the 212 stores around Australia, owned by Coles Myer, that will make the conversion to Coles next month. It will be closed from 5pm on Sunday until Thursday, December 7 when it will return to its normal opening hours as a Coles supermarket. Current BI-LO Supermarket store manager Shane Thompson said the new Coles store would continue to offer great value to shoppers as well as providemore product choice and specials. He said: We will be ensuring our customers get the best of BI-LO by continuing to stock BI-LO products in store and the best of Coles through the conversion. We see it as an opportunity to deliver even better value and choice for our customers. The new Coles store would retain a number of the most popular BI-LO products, including the BI-LO budget meat range. The new store will have an extended range of fresh fruit and vegetables, a bigger bakery and a new organic produce section, new health and beauty ranges and will receive 4000 new product lines. Mr Thompson said: The store will close for a few days to allow for the changes. But then it will be back to business as usual for our friendly team who are looking forward to serving customers in the new store. Mortgage: to pay or not MOST people will be aware of the Federal Governments new measures to remove the tax on superannuation benefits for people older than 60, which will apply from July 1, 2007. This raises the question of whether people will be better off salary sacrificing into superannuation now, with a view to paying off their mortgage post retirement rather than making extra after-tax mortgage repayments before retirement. The basis for this strategy stems from the idea that superannuation contributions, with compounded earnings, may outweigh the benefit of repaying a mortgage from after-tax income. Advantages: Greater returns may be achieved by converting to an interest only mortgage structure. Note though that as interest rates have risen of late, the risk of this strategy may increase. Dueto theconcessional tax treatment of superannuation, it may result in your superannuation assets building at a faster rate compared with repaying a mortgage from after-tax income. In this situation, the mortgage may be repaid earlier, once the super benefits are accessible. Disadvantages: Superannuation may not be accessed until a condition of release is satisfied. Under the proposed measures, superannuation benefits may not be removed tax-free until the age of 60. Conversely, making extra repayments to a mortgage may be accessed via a redraw facility (if you have one) thatallows the funding of unexpected expenses. One area of scepticism is that the superannuation laws may change before you are able to access the money. In addition, income tax rates may be reduced further, which makes salary sacrificing into superannuation less advantageous. The legislative risk is greater the further the superannuation fund member is from meeting a condition of release. To learn more about the above strategy, contact an accountant or superannuation adviser. This article is of a general nature only and is not intended to be relied upon as specific professional advice. Tanya Kirker is the resident director of Horwath Alice Springs, chartered accountants and business advisers. CA fruit going interstate By CHELSEA ROGERS Jimmy and Richie Hayes packing their Centralian-grown watermelons to be sent interstate before they can be sold in Alice Springs stores. Picture: CHLOE ERLICH THE first taste of a new variety in Australia of seedless watermelon will come from RockyHill Table Grapes. The super crisp watermelon was developed in Europe, with Australias first crop grown at Undoolya Station by the Hayes family. Jimmy Hayes said: It may not be the first crop in theworld, but its definitely the first crop in Australia to come off the vines. But the bad news for Alice Springs residents is that produce is often transported to Sydney where it is redistributed, returning to the Centre less than fresh. Direct RockyHill Table Grapes man ager Richie Hayes said: We cant sell direct to the supermarket. We have to sell to the fruit and vegetable wholesalers in Sydney who then sell it at auction. Our grapes go from Alice Springs to Sydney to Alice Springs again. By the time they get here theyve been handled too much; its crazy. You dont want your produce to be handled too much or it spoils it. I think that Alice Springs ends up getting the leftovers in all the fruit and vegetables. The super crisp watermelon is expected to hit supermarkets next week. A spokesperson from Coles Supermarkets Jim Cooper said not all fresh produce was able to be sourced locally. He said: We do our best to ensure our Coles Alice Springs customers get the best possible quality fresh produce. While we do source some fresh produce direct from local Alice Springs suppliers, much of the fresh produce that customers want is not available locally and does need to be sourced from other states, in most cases from SA. However, weve built a sophisticateddeliverynetwork that is designed to get fresh produce into our stores in the best possible condition. Our Coles Alice Springs store gets six deliveries of fresh produce every week, with the produce travelling in refrigerated trucks so it arrives in optimum condition. Woolworths Supermarket didnt get back to theCentralian Advocate in time for publication.