News

Hike taxing for small businesses

Richard Thew is annoyed the price of bread, milk and other essential items is set to go up, with the carbon tax just around the corner.
Richard Thew is annoyed the price of bread, milk and other essential items is set to go up, with the carbon tax just around the corner. Georja Ryan

THE price of bread and milk will jump in the lead up to the introduction of the carbon tax, a local business operator is claiming.

Glennie Heights Convenience Store owner Richard Thew said the Federal Government had claimed the tax would not affect essential items, but says the exact opposite is set to happen.

Mr Thew said he had received three letters in a week which stated his bread, milk and soft drink wholesale prices were going up either just before the tax was implemented on July 1, or a day after.

"I'm mostly annoyed about how the government said it wouldn't affect everything, yet the prices of essential items are all going up," Mr Thew said.

"It will affect me, but I'm not going to put my prices up because of it."

With less than two weeks until the carbon tax is introduced, Mr Thew said although companies did not admit their price increases were due to the carbon tax, it was too coincidental not to be.

"There appears to be a concentrated price increase in the last month and if it's not because of the carbon tax, then what is it?" he asked.

Mr Thew said the impact this sort of price rise would have on small businesses could be fatal.

"The Federal Government will force small businesses to close," he said.

Pensioner Ethel Austen said she was concerned as to where the price hikes would stop.

"They're not going to stop here, it will just keep going up, so yes, I am concerned," Mrs Austen said.

Topics:  bread carbon tax hike increase local businesses milk



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Unions take to streets as Sunday penalty rates cut

Retail workers will be among those hit by the changes.

Thousands of lowest paid workers to be hit by changes to pay rates

'Time to move on' after council complaints probed: CEO

Southern Downs Regional Council CEO David Keenan.

Complaints against the council's CEO and other staff were not upheld

GoFundMe started for Warwick's giving grandma

Sandra Smith has to make countless trips a day given she has five children to look after, and no seven seater.

Now, all those wishing to donate to her cause can do so online.

Local Partners

Wet weekend to end hottest month

The hottest month in Southern Downs history will end with the region being doused in showers.


REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Collegians to kick off footy season next week

Collegians coaches (from left) Deb Scanlan, Garth Miller, Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins (U9 assistant), David Hallman, Kerry Scanlan, Josh Williams, Bob Bell, Craig Frattini and Scott Morton.

Plenty of experience in Collegians coaching ranks

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

Bride and Prejudice: Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

Selling Houses renovate for Salvos in 100th episode

Charlie Albone, Andrew Winter and Shaynna Blaze return for season 10 of Selling Houses Australia. Supplied by Foxtel.

Selling Houses launch 10th season in volatile property market

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

Steve Price has threatened to quit the jungle.

Will camp ration clash with Keira cause Steve to call it quits?

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!