Oakeshott energised by bumper Easter for Mid North Coast | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper

After travelling the electorate over the Easter long weekend, Independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott, has declared it a “bumper fortnight” for retail, with tourists flocking to the area.

(At Gladstone markets, Easter Sunday with Sally Jane, the organic garlic farmer)

The 'Made in Dorrigo' day on Saturday attracted high – potentially record – numbers. The Dorrigo Sweet Shop, one of several I spent time in, described it as the 'busiest day of the year'," Mr Oakeshott said.

It was wall-to-wall people at the Bellingen Markets and it seemed they weren't just browsing and ‘tyre-kicking’. They'd come to buy. The Gladstone markets on Easter Sunday were similar. Feedback from Gladstone Hub, Eungai Creek Buffalo Farm, Sally the Organic Garlic farmer from Dondingalong, and the Patch Adams-like Circus Shop all indicated healthy sales throughout the day.

"And a positive 'German Sausage Metre' reading capped it off. Apparently when they sell out it's officially good times!" said Oakeshott.

"Away from the market scene, main-street shops were getting in on the action too. At Crescent Head it was busier than I've ever seen it. The Crescent Head Surf Co said their pre-count indication was for a record Easter.

"South West Rocks was pumping with people everywhere. Arakoon, even with spots of rain, had solid crowds in the water and at Urunga the boardwalk was more like Sydney's Pitt Street," Oakeshott said.

Camping grounds and caravan Parks were doing a roaring trade. Our family enjoyed a sneaky few days by the bridge at Hat Head Camping ground, where they had a ball, as usual."

“Encouragingly, I heard few complaints from locals about the crowds, and I do hope understanding and sharing continues. Small businesses need to make hay while the sun shines. They rely on periods like this to set them up for winter," said Oakeshott.

"It's important that tourists are here — with their wallets open. It's important we remember it's our beautiful nature and landscape that brings them here. Imagine how we could build on this with better Internet, a Coffs bypass and a more small-business friendly tax system?"

('Made in Dorrigo' day, Easter Saturday)

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