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FINANCE | Retirement: It’s time to get busy

Many people eagerly anticipate retirement. Others view its approach with trepidation, worried over how they will fill their days. Australians are living longer and it’s not unreasonable to assume you will be retired for 20 or 30 years. Not sure how you’ll fill all those days? We have a few ideas to kick-start your new […]

FINANCE | Making interest-free deals work for you

They have been around for decades, but interest-free deals can still be confusing and costly when managed incorrectly. Excitable advertising can make these offers almost too good to refuse, particularly with longer terms applying to higher levels of finance. For example, to get five years’ interest-free on purchases from some retailers, the minimum spend is […]

Great Western highway store moves

There will be a new port of call in Great Western for egg and bacon sandwiches and newspapers with the relocation of Great Western General Store. First established in 1852, the store has shifted across the Western Highway and will operate next to Salinger’s Café. Owner Tracey McCartney has operated the business, which includes a […]

FINANCE: Super rollercoaster

If you pay close attention to the value of your superannuation fund, and if, like most people, your money is spread across the main investment classes, you would have noticed that your retirement savings can both rise – and fall – in value. This can lead to nervous times, particularly if you are close to […]

Hermans part of new TV series

NATIONAL EXPOSURE: Ray Hermans from Horsham business Hermans chats with Pinstripe Media production head Moira Geddes as Lynton Brown operates the camera during a shoot for television documentary series Bricks and Clicks. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

An iconic Horsham retail business is set to find its way into the national spotlight as part of a Channel 7 television documentary series. Homeware, kitchen essentials and gift specialist Hermans, trading from Horsham’s Firebrace Street for more than 50 years, is one of six retail stores from across Australia set to feature on ‘Bricks […]

Call for interest in digital makeover for small business

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan has urged small and family businesses in his electorate to apply for grants up to $20,000 to help with a ‘digital makeover’. Mr Tehan said applications were open for funding through a Small Business Digital Champions project. He said funding for a technology upgrade might be able to help […]

FINANCE: Be wary – it’s too good to be true

Just as financial products and systems are becoming more complex, so are the scams that are being inflicted upon the investing public. The financial scams being promoted, especially over the internet, have become as sophisticated as the clients they are attempting to woo. The word ‘Ponzi’ has been splashed across newspaper headlines in recent years, […]

FINANCE: Paying after the holiday is over

The holidays are over and you have had a great time. The dreaded credit card statement has arrived and you wonder how you’re going to pay it off. Happy holiday memories vanish into thin air. Unfortunately, there are no magic ways to wipe out debts – it just takes discipline. Paying off credit card debt […]

FINANCE | Planning for a dream retirement

We all have a vision of our perfect retirement. But whether it’s travelling around the country in a luxurious motor home, playing golf every day or spending more time with the grandkids, how do you accumulate enough to pay for your golden years? How much do I need? Lifestyle is a personal choice. The big […]

FINANCE | Time to reflect

Many people use the Christmas-New Year period to reflect on the year that has just passed, often in a blur, and begin thinking about the future and how to achieve their hopes and dreams. It can also be a good opportunity to reconsider financial strategies and goals. If that sounds like a good idea, following […]


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