EDITOR: It's important that the current media focus and conversations around the community regarding empty shops and businesses struggling is done so with the facts before we all talk ourselves into the doldrums.
EDITOR: My name is Michelle Johnston. I live in rural Cooma and I am fund raising for the official Aussie Helpers website which is an organisation that raises funds for farmers in drought stricken areas.
EDITOR: Further to your front page story (Cooma swelters in hottest, driest Summer in years Express February 6) and as local fire crews have just mopped up after the Murrumbucca fire, it is worth considering what the Climate Institute had to say about bushfire risk.
Owning a small business is not necessarily an easy road to riches. It can be tough - long hours, few holidays, lots of bills, stiff competition, high costs, low profits (if any) and little pay. But without them, the town would die. Here, a local small business owner* puts things into perspective.